You’re dedicated to making a difference and ensuring your students succeed. You step up when leadership roles arise and are ready to take your passion for learning and leading to the next step. The University of Colorado Denver’s MA in Leadership for Educational Organizations (LEO-MA) degree with principal licensure is the program for you. With CU Denver’s excellent reputation and our expert and supportive faculty, you’ll start a path to a fulfilling career as an elementary, middle or high school principal or administrator where you’ll realize change at school and community levels. You’ll learn how to encourage diversity and social justice, develop a vision for a successful school and attain the real-world knowledge necessary to help you apply it.
CU Denver will prepare you with the wide breadth of knowledge necessary to create a school learning environment that is cooperative, safe and welcoming. 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.
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.
Learning with a cohort gives you the ability to customize your learning experience. Our cohorts are tailored to match your needs and future professional goals. We believe you will be best prepared for this demanding career with personalized instructional development with practitioners and leaders with a proven track record of success. There are multiple options for you to enroll and complete the 32-credit hour Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies (ALPS) Principal Licensure program.
Typically, cohorts comprise 25 principal candidates who move through the four-semester principal licensure program together. 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.
Please review all options and specific semester starting dates below to find the best cohort option for your circumstances and career goals.
Boulder Valley School District Cohort (BVSD)
The BVSD Cohort will meet for 4 semesters on 2 Wednesday evenings (5:00PM to 8:30) and 1 Saturday (9:00AM to 3:30PM) each month at a BVSD location
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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-315-6300.