CU Denver’s EdS in Leadership for Educational Organizations with principal licensure is designed for individuals who wish to become school principals. Our program curriculum is designed to build your knowledge, skills and dispositions as a powerful and successful leader.
CU Denver prepares you with the wide breadth of knowledge necessary to create a school learning environment that is cooperative, safe, welcoming and reflects a growth mind-set. You will learn how to:
You’ll learn all of this with a focus on equity and social justice, ensuring that all students have equal opportunities for an excellent education.
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 41-credit hour Leadership for Educational Organizations (LEOs) Principal Licensure program.
While earning the principal license, students will be placed in cohorts. Typically, cohorts are comprised of 25 principal candidates who move through the four-semester principal licensure program together. 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.
You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a school principal. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value equal opportunities in education. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.
The 32 credit hour principal license is offered in four consecutive semesters. The additional nine credit hours for the EdS (for a total of 41 credit hours) are taken after the principal licensure coursework. Program content and clinical practice experiences are integrated throughout. Principal candidates generally use their own school as a clinical-practice site. Program credits are organized in four learning domains as outlined below.
EDUC 5751: Principal/Administrator Licensing I
EDUC 5752: Principal/Administrator Licensing II
EDUC 5753: Principal/Administrator Licensing III
EDUC 5754: Principal/Administrator Licensing IV
Please consult with your faculty advisor when selecting these courses.
The LEO program requires a capstone final presentation, as well as the placement of major assignments on an electronic, web-based data management service.
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:
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.
The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged. Fall Semester: June 1 Spring Semester: November 1 Summer Semester: April 1 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 email@example.com or call 303-315-6300.
The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.
Fall Semester: June 1
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Semester: April 1
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-315-6300.
The LEO program seeks students who possess:
The EdS requires a completed master’s degree for admission plus a teaching or special services license. We also recommend a minimum of three years of licensed professional experience. The Colorado Department of Education requires three years of licensed teaching or special services experience for an initial principal license.