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Self Paced 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.

In the 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 practice-oriented program allows you to complete coursework during a longer time period than the accelerated option. Enrollment can begin during any semester of the academic year.

Coursework in the program typically includes leadership dynamics and administrative development. It includes a planned field experience designed to be completed in six to nine months.

Program Requirements

Deadline to apply: Mar. 1 (Summer); Apr. 1 (Autumn); Nov. 1 (Spring)
Program start: Autumn, spring or 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 self-paced licensure curriculum
View the MA + Principal Licensure in Educational Administration


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