Earn your principal licensure and become a leader in education.

Principals are some of the most important and visible members of any school district. Serving as the bridge between students, families and teachers, principals are seen as respected leaders of not only their schools but of their larger communities. The Regis M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Principal Licensure was created to help accomplished educators transform their knowledge and experience into a valuable leadership role at the school or district level.

Being a principal or district leader combines the administrative, ethical and fiscal challenges of running an organization with the guidance, foresight and educational requirements of being a teacher. Our program focuses on practical skills and measurable outcomes — you’ll gain increased self-awareness and explore different leadership styles, as you refine your own leadership preferences and educational methodologies. The cohort-based model provides peer support and networking opportunities, as you build your skills and gain new experiences alongside other future school leaders.

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Statement of Purpose

The Division of Education at Regis University prepares educators who are committed to our Jesuit values, including social justice, anti-racist teaching, inclusive, culturally sustaining, multilingual education and building a compassionate community. We are committed to preparing empowered, resilient educators who work with their students, schools and communities to advocate for change.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
8-week courses in a blended format

Time Commitment
12 - 18 months

Key Dates
Starts are offered in August, January and May

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Jerry Goings

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

Name: Jerry Goings

Title: Program Director, Educational Leadership

Hometown: Morrison, CO

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By the Numbers

Of enrolled students who complete the program
Tuition discount offered for licensed or contracted teachers
Avg. salary for K-12 principals*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm

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Fast Track to Principal Licensure

For those who already have a master's degree or are looking to achieve principal licensure in fewer credit hours, our graduate certificate is a great option to propel your career forward.

Master of Education + Principal Licensure
30 credit hours

Graduate Certificate + Principal Licensure
24 credit hours

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EDLS 614: Educational Research for Leaders

Evaluate current research on effective leadership practices in educational settings and gain essential knowledge about the validity and reliability of effective educational research to lead a variety of school improvement initiatives.

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EDLS 690: School Strategy and Sustainability

Analyze the forces shaping the education environment and the fundamental strategic choices leaders make that influence school performance including processes for the development and articulation of vision and mission.

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EDLS 694: Education Policy and Organization Leadership

Examine educational policy debates, reform efforts at both the federal and state levels and issues such as teacher policy and leadership, teacher unions, and historical and recent reform efforts in schools across the nation.

To apply to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Resume

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Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year: $589 per credit hour
Total program credits: 30
10% tuition discount is available for licensed or contracted teachers.

Tuition is one part of the overall cost of attendance, which includes all expenses students may have, including basic living costs. For more information about tuition, fees and your estimated cost of attendance, visit our Cost of Attendance for Adult Undergraduates and Graduate Students page. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Earning your Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Regis 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 visit our Office of Financial Aid on the web.

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Principal Licensure Requirements

The M.Ed. Educational Leadership 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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The Master of Educational Leadership is offered by the Division of Education within Regis College.