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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 Cohort.  The program involves two calendar years of studies. For this reason, studies with a cohort will be offered on a rotating basis. Chillicothe/Southern and Pickerington every other year beginning in 2016 and Athens every other year beginning in 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.

Educational Administration Program, Educational Studies Department
College of Education, Ohio University
Summer, Year I
• EDAD 6010, Introduction to Educational Administration * (4 credit hours)
• EDAD 6020, Organizational Structures in Education* (4 credit hours) 
• EDRE 5010, Introduction to Research* (4 credit hours)
Fall Semester Year I
• EDAD 6425, The Role of the Principal in Instruction and Learning* (4 credit hours)
• EDAD 5910, Internship in Education* (2 credit hours) 
Spring Semester Year I
• EDAD 6980, Seminar in Education*(4 credit hours)
• EDAD 6310, Personnel Administration (4 credit hours)
• EDAD 5910, Internship in Education* (2 credit hours) 
Summer Year II
• EDAD 6110, Educational Law (with basic finance)* (4 credit hours)
• EDAD 6610, School-Community Relations (4 credit hours) 
• EDCS 5040, Social Structure and Change in Education* (4 credit hours)
Fall Semester Year II
• EDAD 6400, The Principalship (4 credit hours)
• EDAD 5911, The Internship (2 credit hours) 
Spring Semester Year II
• EDAD 7820, Politics in Education (4 credit hours) 
• EDAD 5911, The Internship (2 credit hours)
Note: The Patton College offers a variety of programs at Ohio University regional campuses and eCampus. All cohort programs and the courses therein are contingent on a specified minimum enrollment of students. Program start dates may be postponed if the minimum enrollment is not reached. This decision will be made no fewer than 30 days prior to the advertised start date.
For more information about the program, please contact: 
Robin Boyd, Administrative Assistant
Educational Administration Program