Educational Leadership

Graduate Certificate | Principal Licensure

Lead Students and Teachers as a School Principal

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and discover more ways to help your students succeed? Develop your leadership skills and inspire those around you with our Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership: Principal Licensure.

Our program is a state-approved principal licensure preparation program ideal for candidates who are looking to further their educational career without the requirements of a full master's degree. You'll engage in relevant and rigorous learning experiences in the areas of strategy, educational equity, community engagement, fiscal policy, data literacy, pedagogy and leadership, as you prepare to take on increased responsibilities in your school district.

Principal Licensure Requirements
The Educational Leadership certificate program is a CDE state-approved principal license preparation program. Licensure is subject to the rules of the Colorado Department of Education's experience requirements. To earn a principal's license in Colorado, applicants must have three years in a licensed capacity in a school district.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
5-, 8- and 16-week courses in a blended format

Time Commitment
9-18 months

Key Dates
Starts are offered in January, May and August

Jerry Goings

"We focus on helping our students understand all facets of leading a school or district"

Name: Jerry Goings

Title: Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership

Hometown: Morrison, CO

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By the Numbers

Discount offered for licensed or contracted teachers
Avg. salary for K-12 principals*
New K-12 principal jobs to be filled by 2029*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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A Master's Degree Within Reach

The graduate certificate in Educational Leadership is a great first step towards becoming a licensed principal or school administrator. But why stop there? With just three more classes, you can continue on to earn a Master's in Education: Educational Leadership from Regis University.

Certificate + Principal Licensure:
24 credit hours

Master's in Education + Principal Licensure:
30 credit hours

Program Details

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EDLS 690: School Strategy and Sustainability

Analyze forces shaping the education environment and the fundamental strategic choices leaders make that influence school performance.

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EDLS 662: Instructional Leadership

Understand the implications of the common core state standards and research instructional practices and the implications on student achievement.

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EDLS 696: Equity Leadership

Examine ethical dilemmas in education leadership and the decision-making processes involved. Analyze topics to develop skills in moral reflection and ethical decision-making considering professional and societal values.

To apply to the Educational Leadership Graduate Certificate program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcripts from a regionally accredited university
  • Resume

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Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year: $589 per credit hour
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Total program credits: 24

Tuition discount: 10% discount available for licensed or contracted teachers

Earning your Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership sets you apart and expands your professional network — think of it as an investment in your future. Between scholarship opportunities and financial aid packages, advancing your education is within reach. Explore our Investing in Your Future graduate financing guide or sign up for one of our upcoming graduate financial aid information sessions.

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A Culture of Excellence

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The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership program is offered by the Division of Education within Regis College.