FAQs for Online Principal Licensure in Educational Leadership

FAQs for Online Principal Licensure in Educational Leadership

24 credits.

A624, A608, A635, A510, A629, A515, and A695 are offered every term, provided there is sufficient enrollment.

Please remember that A695 is taken over two semesters. You enroll for three credits each semester and complete 120 hours of field experience under the supervision of a mentor principal.

Please note that offering courses is based on student enrollment. Check the iGPS Schedule of Classes/Courses in one.iu.edu for current schedule details.

Yes. If you were admitted to the program after Summer 2021 and are pursuing licensure only, please enroll in courses as follows:  

  • In your first term, you should enroll in A624 and A510 
  • In your second term, you should enroll in A608 and A635 
  • In your third term, you should enroll in A629 and A695 
  • In your fourth term, you should enroll in A515 and A695 

If a course is full, please work with the program advisor to find a suitable alternative to the sequence provided above.

We consider full time enrollment 2 courses per semester. We do not encourage students to take more courses than this given the rigor of our courses. Students should plan to spend approximately 120 hours of additional time for each course on readings, assignments, and activities.

It is possible to transfer up to 6 credits from another master’s or certification program. It is up to the instructor who teaches the specific course you would like to transfer to decide whether the credits will transfer. Also, the course that you are requesting to transfer in must be deemed an equivalent of what we require in our certification program. Thus, you should supply a syllabus of the course from the other institution to the instructor who teaches this course at IU. The instructor will then decide if the course is equivalent to what we require.

This program is designed for licensed classroom teachers or licensed school counselors who have a minimum of two years of experience in a K-12 school or district setting. Educators working in international school settings may also apply.

You would need to check with the state licensing department in that particular state.

No.

Yes. Please email educlead@indiana.edu to request permission to enroll prior to the beginning of each term.

No. This is a fully online program.

Yes. You would need to first apply and get accepted into the master’s program. If you are accepted, all of these credits apply toward the master’s in educational leadership program. Please note that the principal licensure program is 24 credits and the master’s program is 36 credits.

Yes. You would need to first apply and get accepted into the Education Law Certificate program. If you are accepted, A608 and one elective from the principal licensure program would transfer into the education law certificate program. The Education Law Certificate program is 12 credits.

Yes. You would need to first apply and get accepted into the Improvement Science Certificate program. If you are accepted, A629 from the principal licensure program would transfer into the certificate program. The Improvement Science Certificate program is 12 credits.

Yes. You would need to first apply and get accepted into the Director’s Licensure cohort. If you are accepted, it is likely that at least two courses from the principal licensure program that could count toward the Director’s Licensure program.

Yes. The 24-credit hour Indiana principal licensure courses are included in our master’s program. Please note that if you are employed in another state, it is up to the student to learn if the license will be accepted in that state. IU makes no guarantees that it will transfer. If you are unsure if you are eligible for the Indiana principal’s license, please contact the Indiana Department of Education to discuss your particular situation.

See the current rates for online graduate programs here. Students should check Student Central for future increases.

The online courses that are offered through the School of Education are primarily asynchronous, meaning that, for most activities within a given week, you would be able to participate whenever the time is most convenient for you. The online classes are structured, in that, there will be certain expectations of the student every week of the course (readings, participating on the discussion board, etc.) and there are due dates for all of your assignments. The syllabus for the courses outline what is expected from the student and gives a clear picture of what you can expect of the semester. We encourage our students to contact their instructors to see what additional requirements there might be for the class. The online classes follow the same guidelines and semester schedule as that of the on-campus classes. The flexibility that comes with online classes is in your studying and being able to adjust it around your schedule.

Although the faculty consider a variety of factors, a 3.0 undergrad GPA is usually what is expected. A minimum 3.3 GPA in graduate coursework taken prior to application is expected. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission. Please note that admission to all graduate programs is subject to availability of space. Program faculty size, the number of students already in a program, and the number and strength of new applicants all affect selection ratios in a given year.

This document was last updated on May 28, 2020. It includes a tentative schedule for courses and we will continue to revise based upon student enrollment numbers.

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