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Principal Licensure Program

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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 after program training the next generation of school principals. The program is ranked 9th in the nation among all educational administration preparation programs by U.S. News and World Report. 

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Program features

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Licensure Requirements

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Master’s degree

  • If you already have a master’s degree, you can complete courses to receive your principal license.    
  • Must have at least a master's degree for admission to the principal license-only program.         

Bachelor’s degree

  • If you do not have a master's degree, you can receive your master’s degree plus your principal license.
  • Must have at least a bachelor's degree for admission to the master's degree plus principal license program.

Nomination Form (Only required for the Accelerated Principal Licensure Program)

  • Accelerated option available for both the MA plus licensure and licensure-only program.

Must have at least two years of successful teaching experience.

  • Required at the time you apply for a principal license, but not for admission.

Deadline to apply

February 1 (for Accelerated program)
March 1 (for 2-year program)

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Additional Requirements

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Licensure disclosure 

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

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