K-12 Principal

The K-12 Principal Graduate Certificate in the Educational Administration and Leadership program develops leaders for Minnesota's schools. The program provides coursework leading to eligibility for licensure as a K-12 Principal and is approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA).

Courses offered are competency-based and focused on developing the skills and personal traits necessary for successful school administration and leadership. This program is student-centered and provides advanced principles of leadership to guide the practice of educational leaders so they can meet the needs of all learners and achieve more equitable outcomes.

As learning organizations and society continue to evolve, this program is designed to ensure that educational leaders are ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of today and the future. This certificate program is offered through a variety of delivery modes to meet the needs of our professional learners. Upon completion of the K-12 Principal graduate certificate a graduate may choose to pursue a Doctor of Education, using select courses from this certificate.

Program Highlights

  • Approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators.
  • Specifically tailored to K-12 school personnel seeking district-level leadership

  • Individual courses offered through a blend of on campus and online formats

  • Fall, spring, and summer courses to accommodate working professionals

  • Completion in one year: 30 credits

  • Practitioner-focused curriculum

Program Distinctions

Popular Careers

  • K-12 School Principals
  • Athletic/Activities Directors
  • Assistant Principals or Deans of Students

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 (Priority) May 15 (Priority) July 15 (Priority)
Spring Nov. 15 (Priority) Sept. 15 (Priority) Nov. 15 (Priority)
Summer May 1 (Priority) Feb. 15 (Priority) May 1 (Priority)

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