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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 principal in your school district. The program begins summer semester and concludes the second spring semester of enrollment. During the program you will take two courses per term. However, 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.

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at


Deadline to Apply: 
March 1
Program Start: 
Summer semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Two years successful teaching experience
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework: Leadership, administration, school finance, human relations, field experience

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