Principal Preparation Program
The Principal Preparation Program is Nationally Recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), which is a premier accreditation organization for Educational Administration Programs.
Through a balanced approach of on-line and in-class instruction, the program offers course work and internships required for obtaining a master’s degree in educational administration and/or an Ohio principal’s license. Students may choose to pursue only the license or only the master’s degree or they can pursue both the degree and license.
Program graduates tend to do exceptionally well on the required Ohio Licensure Test, to be employed as administrators based upon the strong reputation of the program, and to be successful once they become administrators.
Typically, two or three cohorts of the Principal Preparation Program operate concurrently. They include (1) an Athens Campus Cohort, (2) a Chillicothe/Southern Campus Cohort, and (3) a Pickerington Center Cohort. A cycle of the Chillicothe/Southern and the Pickerington cohorts are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2014. The initiation of an Athens cohort is planned for the summer of 2015.
The program involves two calendar years of studies. For this reason, studies with a cohort typically begin on an every other year basis. New cohorts begin in even-numbered years for Chillicothe/Southern and Pickerington: 2010, 2012, and 2014, and even numbered years for Athens: 2013, 2015, and 2017.
The master’s degree portion of the program can be completed by the end of the second summer of study. Another academic year is needed to complete the balance of the licensure coursework.
Each of the cohorts meets for a total of 9 times on Saturdays between September and May (i.e., during the school year). During the summer, each of the cohorts typically meets two times per-week for between 5 and 8 weeks.
The program provides its students with an opportunity to become knowledgeable in a substantive manner about the operation of a school. Two full year internships are included as part of the program. This objective is addressed with consideration that the students are nearly all current school teachers with many other responsibilities.
For admission criteria and application procedures, please refer to this page.