Principal Licensure - Initial (Online)

Educational Leadership

Principal Licensure

This 24 credit-hour program is entirely online and prepares you for K-12 building-level leadership positions, including principal or assistant principal.

To earn this license, candidates must:

  • Hold a master’s degree
  • Hold a proficient or accomplished practitioner license, or a valid equivalent out-of-state license
  • Complete the 24-credit hour program, including the A695 practicum course (at least 18 credits must be earned through IU Bloomington or IUPUI)
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in all licensure course work taken at Indiana University
  • Achieve a qualifying score on the Pearson Tests
  • Have taught as a licensed teacher or been a licensed counselor for two years
  • Application Deadline
    DomesticInternational
    FallJun 1May 1
    SpringNov 1Oct 1
    SummerApr 1Mar 1
    Fee$60$65
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    • Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation
      • GRE Scores:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Not required for international students
      • Resume:
        • Not required for domestic students
        • Required for international students
      • TOEFL score from last two years*

      *International students only

  • Financial Aid
    • Learn about a variety of fellowships and travel awards that are available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • Program of Study

    Licensure course work encompasses 24 of the 36 credit hours required for a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership. It is possible to take all principal licensure courses online.

    Full course descriptions are available in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

    • A500 Introduction to Educational Leadership
    • J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum
    • A510 School-Community Relations
    • A515 Educational Leadership: Teacher Development and Evaluation (A515 requires clinical work with teacher supervision; students will need access to K-12 classrooms, or other real time environments where faculty/teacher evaluation takes place)
    • A608 Legal Perspectives on Education
    • A624 Educational Leadership: The Principalship K-12
    • A635 Public School Budgeting and Accounting
    • A695 Practicum in Educational Leadership (currently taken over two semesters)
      It is highly beneficial for students to have taken A500, A510, A515 and A624 prior to taking A695