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Licensure Program for Principals

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.

Ohio State's Principal Licensure Program is a highly sought program training the next generation of school principals. The program has been ranked 11th in the nation among all educational administration preparation programs by U.S. News and World Report.

The 36-semester hour program allows you to earn your Master of Arts in Educational Studies, but if you already possess a master's degree, you can obtain licensure only.

This cohort-based program is a two-year (24 months) experience and provides you with an engaging curriculum as well as mentorship with university faculty and practicing prinicpals in your school district. The program begins autumn semester and concludes the second summer semester of enrollment. If you need to complete coursework on a different schedule, accommodations can be made.

Interested in earning a principal licensure in a shorter period? We also offer an Accelerated Licensure Program for Principals options.

Coursework in the program typically includes leadership dynamics and administrative development. It includes a six-month field experience in school administration. During this time, you will complete activities designed to help you develop the skills to address real issues and responsibilities facing a building leader.

Program Requirements

Deadline to apply: April 1
Program start: Autumn 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 principal 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