Principal License

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: License

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Designed for elementary or secondary educators interested in obtaining a principal license. This path to leadership develops in-depth understanding about roles and responsibilities, contemporary educational issues, collaboration within and across communities, and a thorough awareness of the legal, financial, and political dimensions of schools and school districts.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling Admission

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you'll learn

The principal preparation program at CU Denver provides opportunities for you to develop in-depth understanding about leadership roles and responsibilities, contemporary educational issues, and collaboration within and across communities, as well as a thorough awareness of the legal, financial and political dimensions of schools and school districts. Each course incorporates multiple perspectives, themes of equity and social justice, a focus on the needs and experiences of diverse children and youth, and implications for leadership in today's schools.

Throughout the program, you will engage in school-based research projects designed around actual work tasks facing today's principals. Successful completion of course work and a major presentation prepares you to apply for your initial principal license.

Upcoming Cohorts

Summer 2021

Distance Learning #23
The distance learning cohort for the principal license requires attending face-to-face meetings on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver a few times every semester:

  • 3 days in Summer
  • Two weekends in the Fall
  • Two weekends in the Spring and a final weekend in the final summer

Fall 2021

Jeffco Cohort
The Jeffco Cohort will meet from August 2021 through December 2022 on Thursdays from 4:30 PM – 9 PM.

Douglas County Cohort
The Douglas County cohort will meet from Fall 2021 through Fall 2022 one Saturday per month from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC 5751 - Principal/Administrator Licensing I3-9 credits
  • EDUC 5752 - Principal/Administrator Licensing II3-9 credits
  • EDUC 5753 - Principal/Administrator Licensing III3-9 credits
  • EDUC 5754 - Principal/Administrator Licensing IV3-9 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:2 to 3 years

Required Credits for Completion:32

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

We practice "rolling admission" and after your application is complete, we strive to notify you of your admission status in no more than two to three weeks.

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 3 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, proof of teaching license or special services license is required
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Information

The LEO program seeks students who possess:

  • High intellectual ability
  • Strong academic backgrounds
  • Clear leadership potential.

There has never been a more important time to have great leadership in public schools. The demands of the job require personalized instructional development with practitioners and successful leaders. There are multiple options below for you to enroll and complete the 32-credit hour Leadership for Educational Organizations (LEO) Principal Licensure program.

We look for applicants to have a teaching or special services license plus a minimum of three years post-licensure experience. We welcome applicants from all districts into our principal licensure cohorts. However, we partner with metro-area districts to prepare leaders specifically for their schools.