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Accelerated Licensure Program for Principals

Ohio State's Principal Licensure Program is a coveted and highly sought program training the next generation of school principals. Our self-paced or accelerated options train you to be a leader in education through both classroom and in-school experiences.


Schools across Ohio are in need of highly trained and effective licensed school principals. At Ohio State, we have developed a program that will prepare school administrators to meet the challenges faced in their schools. Whether you are prepared to take an accelerated or self-paced approach to principal licensure, you will have the support and robust training required to become a school principal. The program allows you to also earn your Master of Arts in Educational Studies but if you already possess a master's degree, you can obtain licensure only.

The Accelerated Licensure Program for Principals is tailored to meet the needs and challenges you would face as a building leader. This cohort-model program is a 15-month experience provides you with an engaging curriculum and mentorship with university faculty and practicing principals in your school district. The program begins summer semester and concludes the following summer semester.

To enroll in the accelerated program, you must be nominated by your school district's superintendent.

Integral to the program is a year-long field experience in school administration. During this experience, you'll complete projects designed to assist with real issues faced in your school.

To complete this option, you must ensure your school district makes available the necessary time required for you, including field experience and mentoring.

Program Requirements

Deadline to apply: February 1
Program start: Summer semester
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 36
Prerequisites: Two years successful teaching experience
Coursework: Leadership, administration, school finance, human relations, field experience

View the accelerated licensure curriculum


Anika Anthony, PhD, Associate Professor
Noelle Arnold, PhD, Associate Professor
Karen Beard, PhD, Assistant Professor
John Conrath, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Melissa Conrath, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Phillip Daniel, EdD, Professor Emeritus
Belinda Gimbert, PhD, Associate Professor
Roger Goddard, PhD, Flesher Professor
Scott Sweetland, PhD, Associate Professor