Principal Licensure Endorsement

Principal Licensure Endorsement
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The online Principal Licensure Endorsement program from the University of Cincinnati Online (UCO) prepares licensed teachers to become effective school leaders by addressing the needs and challenges of teachers, students, and school districts. The Principal Licensure program prepares education professionals to take the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Exam and equivalent Assessment Exams in other states.

What is a Principal?

To be effective school principals, educators need to possess an array of skills and leadership attributes that cannot be learned or developed in isolation from real-world experience. In addition, aspiring principals must master a host of legal and administrative duties and gain familiarity with state and local policies.

A principal is an education professional who has decided to take an administrative role in the school or school district. A principal could expect to handle the following situations:

  • Budgets for the school or corporation
  • Relationships and issues with parents, students, and faculty
  • Managing, training, and supervising school faculty
  • Interpreting and implementing regulations and standards set by the government
  • Participating in groups such as governing bodies and the academic board
University of Cincinnati’s Principal Licensure Certification Program

The program offers a convenient way for educators to enhance their knowledge and abilities in the areas of Leadership, School Finance and School Law, Curriculum Development and Data Analysis, Instructional Supervision, among others.

The Graduate Certificate in Principal Licensure program is intended for teachers who have already earned a Master’s degree from an accredited institution and have been working for at least two years at an instructional level in elementary or secondary school classrooms.

Full-time faculty members from the University of Cincinnati Online teach courses that complement the online experience with hands-on opportunities and real-world challenges. Students are expected to become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the principal, lead the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of a project designed to improve education in a school, and reflect upon her/his leadership, seeking meaningful improvement as an educational leader.

The Principal Licensure program prepares education professionals to take the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Exam and equivalent Assessment Exams in other states. The graduates of Principal Licensure endorsement program had an 84% pass rate for Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) in 2022. Learn more about how to become a principal in Ohio with our 6-step guide.

Program Offerings
  • 100% online
  • 21 credit hours
  • Easy to transfer credits
  • Enroll in the spring, summer, or fall semesters
  • Instruction from award-winning faculty
  • Part-time flexibility
Accreditations and Rankings
  • The University of Cincinnati and all of its regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • The University of Cincinnati is fully accredited by the Council of the Accreditation of the Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Top tier of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2022.
  • University of Cincinnati Online ranked “Best Online” Public University on College Consensus in 2022.

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