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Online Degree or Post Baccalaureate Certificate

Principal Licensure

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Prepare for a leadership position in education with the Principal Licensure program. This program is unique as it offers small class sizes, a strong professor to student mentorship and the flexibility of 8 week, asynchronous courses, which allow students to complete approved and comprehensive curriculum as well as a 6 credit internship at a K-12 school.

When all coursework and internship hours are complete, students are prepared to sit for the PRAXIS state exam and apply for licensure, given they meet all state requirements. Colorado residents are encouraged to apply, but out of state students may also be part of the program as long as there is knowledge about what state requirements are outside of Colorado.

At a Glance
  • Next Start Date June 10
  • Credits 27 credits
  • Length 8 weeks
  • Format Online
  • Tuition $470 per credit hour
  • Complete In Total: 2 years

The principal licensure program puts theory to practice through meaningful curriculum and activities connecting current and future work in order to engage aspiring K-12 leaders to best serve all students.

Emily Mulvihill, Professor

Program Details

The Principal Licensure requires a total of 27 credits as a post baccalaureate certificate. This program can also be completed in tandem with the Master of Education online program for an exta 11 credits.

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    ED 600: Introduction to Ed Leadership

    ED 601: Shaping Organizations: Leadership & Management

    ED 601: Legal & Financial Dimensiond of School Leadership 

    (Meets Literacy course requirement under Pedagogy Componenent of M.Ed.)

    ED 603: External Environments in Leadership

    ED 604: Educator Development, Supervision, & Evaluation

    (Meets Differentiation course requirement under Pedagogy Component of M.Ed.)

    ED 605: The Principalship: Leadership at the Site Level

    ED 606: Technology & Site-Level, Data-Driven Decisions

    (Meets Instructional Technology course requirement under Pedagogy Component of M.Ed.)

    ED 698: Internship in Educational Leadership


Upon completion of your Principal Licensure you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism through ethical conduct, teflection, and external leadership.
  • Gain a strong foundation in pedagogy and effective theories of leadership.
  • You'll build a portfolio that reflects Colorado's principal quality standards.
  •  Showcase your understanding of theory, your research, and your leadership skills to future employers.

Skills you will gain:

  • Leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Working with external environments
  • Policy development
  • Organizational behavior
  • Contemporary educational issues


As a public and non-profit university, CSU Pueblo partners with you to make your education affordable. CSU Pueblo offers one affordable tuition rate, regardless of residency. 

Master of Education Tuition Rate: $470 per credit hour



Everyone deserves affordable education. That is why we offer a number of scholarships to help you achieve your education goals.


Financial Aid:

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Learning can lead to earning. Discover where the Principal Licensure might take you and make informed choices about your future in education.


Diverse Industries:

  • Education
  • Adult Education
  • Higher Education
  • Educational Technology 
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)

Job Titles:

  • Principal
  • Education Consultant
  • Curriculum Developer
  • School Administrator

Applications for the Principal Licensure are accepted year-round. The admission requirements are the following:


Prospective Freshman: As a prospective freshman, you are evaluated on the content and rigor of your high school
coursework, grades or high school rank, and standardized test scores. You must successfully graduate from high
school and have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. You must complete and submit the undergraduate appli-
cation and send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

Transfer Students: Transfer applicants are degree-seeking students who, at the time of application, have completed
a minimum of 24 credits of college-level coursework. Remedial courses and concurrent enrollment courses (courses
taken while in high school) do not count toward the total credit count.

Admission Standards: CSU Pueblo is a moderately selective institution, and we are committed to providing access
to a 4-year college degree to any student is who academically prepared. We look at several factors to determine your
preparation, including your cumulative college GPA and the courses you have taken at your previous institutions. In
general, students with at least a 2.3 cumulative transfer GPA who have successfully completed all basic skill course-
work will be admitted to CSU Pueblo. Students who have not yet completed their basic skills courses or who have a
GPA below a 2.3 are still encouraged to apply, and may be admitted on a probationary status.


How to Apply

Applicants must complete the online application. The application requires official transcripts from all colleges which
the student has attended. Once the application and transcripts have been received, students will receive an admission
decision. Send official transcripts:


By mail at Colorado State University Pueblo:
Office of Admissions
2200 Bonforte Boulevard
Pueblo, CO, 81001


CSU Pueblo Online offers quality higher education instruction to students across the nation. With years of
combined faculty experience, you will learn from experts in the field who will help you take your career to new heights.
Emily smiling outside Emily Mulvihill Assistant Professor, Education
Vicki smiling Vicki Piquette Assistant Professor, Eduction


The online Principal Licensure program at CSU Pueblo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Learn more about this accreditation by visiting

Frequently Asked Questions



    You may be qualified for one or more scholarships offered by CSU Pueblo. You must have an updated FAFSA on file with Student Financial Services. Visit the CSU Pueblo Online Resources page for a list of current scholarship opportunities.


    It is important to check your PAWS account regularly to ensure your aid and bill look correct. Student Financial Services is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is available via phone at 719.549.2753, email at, and take walk-ins.


    First, you'll need to complete our online application. Once all required documents are received, an admissions processor will begin reviewing your application. You should receive an admissions decision within two weeks of receipt of all required documents. For more information, contact our Enrollment Counselor at 719.549.2200. 

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