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Master's of Educational Leadership with Principal Licensure

Program Code: ME6229 (Athens Campus)
Program Code: ME5027 (Regional Campus)


Through a balanced online and in-class instructional approach, the Master’s in Educational Leadership with Principal Licensure is a 36-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. 

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with Principal Licensure program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University and an I-20 cannot be issued. International students seeking an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership must apply to the non-licensure program (ME5028). 

TermProgram of StudyCredits
Summer  IEDLE 6400 The Principalship3
Summer IEDLE 6425, The Role of the Principal in Instruction3
Summer IIEDLE 5090 Education and the Democratic Community3
Summer IIEDLE 6110 Law for Educational Leaders4
Fall EDLE 6015 Intro to Leadership and Organizational Management4
Fall EDLE 5910 Educational Leadership Internship I2
FallEDLE 5110 Colloquium in Educational Leadership2
FallEDRE 5010 Introduction to Educational Research Methods3
SpringEDLE 6980 Educational Leadership Data Gathering Portfolio3
SpringEDLE 5911 Educational Leadership Internship II 2
SpringEDLE 6610 School-Community Relations and Education Policy4
SpringEDLE 7071 Comparative Cultures and Education3


Admissions Requirements

  • A 2.9 GPA in the undergraduate coursework of a bachelor’s degree, a 3.25 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester hours of a bachelor’s degree, or a 3.5 GPA in the coursework comprising a master’s degree.  Undergraduate coursework taken after obtaining a bachelor’s degree is not included in these calculations.
  • An applicant whose GPA is below the stated levels can be considered by taking and reporting the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). See for details. A combined score of 300 is preferred.
  • Active professional teaching license (or the ability to obtain one before the program begins)
  • Non-native speakers of English must submit a TOEFL score. A score of at least 550 is preferred.
  • Three recommendations are on the organizational letterhead of the individual making the recommendation. 
  • An autobiography focused on the professional career and objectives of the applicant. The autobiography should be double-spaced and approximately four pages in length.
  • A curriculum vitae or a resume is preferred; however not required.
  • For those individuals who have completed a master’s degree at Ohio University, a completed online application and statement of purpose form are all that are needed for the application.
  • If you wish to complete the program on the Athens Campus, please use the degree code ME6229.  For Regional Campus admissions please use ME5027 when applying.

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For more information, contact:

Marci Shepard
Program Coordinator
Patton Hall 302R