Educational Leadership Principal Licensure;
Master of Arts | Educational Specialist –
Online Programs for Rural School Leadership

An Online Degree and Principal Licensure Program
for Rural Educators

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This program is a combination of three Principal Licensure and Educational Leadership degree options:

  • Principal Licensure only (27 credit hours)
  • Educational Leadership Master of Arts (M.A.) with Principal Licensure (30 credit hours)
  • Educational Leadership Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) with Principal Licensure (30 credit hours for those with a master’s degree)

This online program is designed specifically for aspiring leaders in rural school districts, and the curriculum has been tailored to address the challenges faced by rural schools. You will learn to provide needed services to learners in education settings, create effective learning environments, affect policies that govern educational organizations, and model continuous learning with and for the citizens of your community.

All coursework is completed entirely online during two Fall and two Spring semesters, with Summers off. Each course will include synchronous learning sessions where the professor and students meet online at the same time.

This program accepts applications throughout the year. Accepted applicants begin the program each Fall semester.

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This Educational Leadership program is also offered face-to-face in various locations across Colorado. Please visit the Extended Studies Future Students page to see what location options are currently recruiting.

Educational Leadership MA/EdS; Principal Licensure brochure (pdf)

We also encourage you to visit the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies department for more information about each degree/licensure option and the department faculty.

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Educational Leadership Online Programs for Rural Dists.—Academic Program Coordinator

Spencer Weiler, Ph.D.
spencer.weiler@unco.edu
(970) 351-1016

Course of Study

Principal Licensure Only

The Principal Licensure program is 27 credit hours.

Educational Leadership Master of Arts (M.A.) with Principal Licensure

The M.A. degree is 30 credit hours (1 more course than licensure-only).

Educational Leadership Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) with Principal Licensure

The Ed.S. degree is 30 credit hours (1 more course than licensure-only).

Courses and Requirements

Each course will include synchronous learning sessions where the professor and students meet online at the same time. These sessions are tentatively planned for most Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. MT. Students will have input on session scheduling.

The ELPS 606 internship course credits are shown spread out evenly across each semester. You can personalize when you take your internship credits.

All students will need to complete a comprehensive at-home exam prior to graduation.

*MA-only = Required for M.A. program only
**EdS-only = Required for Ed.S. program only

  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1

ELPS 601 Leadership Development through Inquiry (3)

ELPS 654 Instructional Leadership and Supervision (3)

Research course for MA and EdS students:

MA Students: *SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3) – Offered every odd-numbered summer

EdS Students: (3 options):
**SRM 670 Evaluation: Models and Designs (3) – Offered every odd-numbered summer OR

**SRM 602 Statistical Methods I (3) OR
**SRM 680 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3) – Both offered every even numbered summer

ELPS 603 Shaping Organizations: Management and Leadership in Education (3)

ELPS 604 Understanding People: Professional Development and Educational Leadership (3)

ELPS 606 Internship in Educational Leadership (2)

ELPS 606 Internship in Educational Leadership (2)

Year 2

ELPS 605 External Environments: Social, Political, and Economic Influences in Educational Leadership (3)

ELPS 670 The Principalship: Leadership at the School Site Level (3)

ELPS 660 Law and the Administrator (3)

Comprehensive Exam (on-campus) & Graduation!

ELPS 606 Internship in Educational Leadership (2)

 

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