Educational Leadership

Master of Education | Principal Licensure

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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Program Snapshot

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

Time Commitment
12 - 24 months

Key Dates
Starts are offered in August, January and May.

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By the Numbers

Enrolled students who complete the M.Ed. Principal Licensure program
Tuition discount offered for licensed or contracted teachers
Avg. salary for K-12 principals*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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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
35 credit hours

Graduate Certificate + Principal Licensure
26 credit hours each

Program Details

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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 685: Peer Mentoring

Gain coaching skills to support both cognitive and technical coaching situations and understanding how to effectively communicate when providing feedback and support to diverse individuals and groups.

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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. Educational Leadership program, you will need: 

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcript(s) from prior colleges
  • Resume

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Program tuition: $555 per credit hour
10% tuition discount is available for licensed or contracted teachers

Total program credits: 35

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 sign up for one of our upcoming graduate financial aid information sessions.

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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.