Graduate Certificate for Principal Licensure


In addition to admission requirements of the college of Graduate Studies, admission to the certificate program requires the following: 

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university

  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher

  • One letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor addressing formal teaching evaluations and who is knowledgeable about your ability to engage in graduate work in this certificate program

The certificate program has selective admissions and may admit a limited number of students. Thus, meeting all formal criteria does not guarantee admission.


  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education

  • One letter of recommendation

  • Resume or curriculum vitae


For the certificate, students must complete the following program requirements: 

  • A minimum of 18 semester hours of approved graduate coursework

Courses may be included as part of a doctoral degree program as approved by the student's faculty advisor. 

All coursework and requirements of the certificate must be taken within a four-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.

Certificate Coursework

Select the following:
EDAS 8000The Individual In Organizations3
EDAS 8010Leadership in School Curriculum3
EDAS 8020Instructional Leadership3
EDAS 8110Legal Aspects Of School Administration3
EDAS 8190Integrated Experiences In Education Administration3
EDAS 8440Equity Issues In Educational Finance And Economics3

Additional Requirements

Prior to Applying for Ohio Administrator License

  • Three years of successful teaching experience for your licensure area
  • Acceptable scores on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Content Assessment(s) for the licensure area

Below is a guide for developing a Plan of Study for the Master of Education. Students should review their degree audit and work with their faculty advisor to identify specific courses to fulfill program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
EDAS 8000 The Individual In Organizations 3
EDAS 8010 Leadership in School Curriculum 3
Second Term
EDAS 8110 Legal Aspects Of School Administration 3
EDAS 8440 Equity Issues In Educational Finance And Economics 3
Third Term
EDAS 8020 Instructional Leadership 3
Fourth Term
EDAS 8190 Integrated Experiences In Education Administration 3
 Total Hours18
  • Program completers understand and demonstrate the capacity to collaboratively evaluate, develop, and communicate a school mission and vision designed to reflect a core set of values and priorities that include data use, technology, equity, diversity, digital citizenship, and community.
  • Develop an educational mission and vision that promotes the academic success and well-being of each student.
  • Demonstrate how the mission and vision is aligned to all school improvement efforts.
  • Use data to identify school goals, assess organizational effectiveness, and develop plans to achieve goals.
  • Understand and demonstrate the capacity to lead improvement processes that include data use, design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Collect and analyze information pertinent to the school’s educational environment
  • Demonstrate evidence-based inquiry and strategic goal setting, implementation. and evaluation for continuous school improvement\\n