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Principal Leadership and Licensure Certificate

Program Code: CTPLLG (Athens)
Program Code: CTPLRG (Regional)


Through a balanced online and in-class instructional approach, the principal certificate program is a 17-credit program completed over three semesters. The courses align with National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards, embed key Ohio educational initiatives, and include an internship that prepares candidates for the required Ohio licensure exam and school leadership. The program format is a cohort model that meets on Saturdays to accommodate working professionals. New cohorts begin each summer (applications due by April 15) at the Athens and various regional campuses. 

TermProgram of StudyCredits
Summer IEDLE 6400 The Principalship 3
Summer IEDLE 6425 The Role of the Principal in Instruction 3

EDLE 6015 Intro to Leadership and Organizational Management 

FallEDLE 5910 Ed Leadership Internship I2
SpringEDLE 6980 Ed Leadership Data Gathering Portfolio 3
SpringEDLE 5911 Ed Leadership Internship II 2

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application (Program code: CTPLLG for Athens or CTPLRG for Regional)
  • Unofficial transcripts conferring a Master's degree in education or education-related field from an accredited university with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 scale (not required if Master's degree is from Ohio University)
  • Active professional teaching license (or the ability to obtain one before the program begins)
  • Resume 
  • Statement of purpose


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For more information, contact:

Marci Shepard
Program Coordinator
Patton Hall 302R