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Master of Education - Education Sciences Specialization Principal Licensure

Earn your principal license, with the option to earn a master’s degree at the same time. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the problems faced by educators, and learn how to develop innovative, practical solutions.

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Build a Strong Foundation in Theory

You’ll leave the program with a strong foundation in pedagogy and effective theories of learning – knowledge you’ll be able to immediately apply to your work.

You’ll study the following topics:

  • School resource management
  • Climate and culture
  • Leadership and ethics
  • Curriculum development
  • School law
  • Supervision evaluation

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Designed to Fit Your Life

You can earn your principal license, with or without the master’s degree, in one year or less.

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Regardless of the option you choose, the program is designed to be completed while you’re working full-time. Coursework is delivered in a hybrid format combining online and in-classroom components.

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Most courses are online as recorded lectures, along with interactive sessions during which you’ll communicate with faculty and peers in real-time, virtual discussions.

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You’ll also attend a three-week summer course in a classroom in northern Colorado, and a weekend-long, in-person capstone course once before graduating.

Asset 11 Strong Peer Network

This program is a cohort model, offering support, collaboration and networking opportunities with your peers.

Apply Your Learning Right Away

Our expert faculty will guide you through both academic coursework and a 300-hour internship experience. The internship gives you the opportunity to apply theory and your research in real-world environments. Placement may be in your current school district.

You’ll build a portfolio that reflects Colorado’s principal quality standards, showcasing your understanding of theory, your research, and your leadership skills to future employers.

Program Options

Principal license only

Already hold a master’s degree? Earn your principal license in three semesters. This option is 24 credits, beginning in the summer and ending in the spring.

M.Ed. plus principal license

Want a master’s degree? Earn your degree and principal license in four semesters. This option is 33 credits, beginning and ending during the summer.

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