There has never been a more important time to have great leadership in public schools. The demands of the job require personalized instructional development with practitioners and successful leaders. There are multiple options below for you to enroll and complete the 32-credit hour Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies (ALPS) Principal Licensure program.
Typically, cohorts are comprised of 25 principal candidates who move through the four-semester principal licensure program together. We look for applicants to have a teaching or special services license plus a minimum of three years post-licensure experience. We welcome applicants from all districts into our principal licensure cohorts. However, we partner with metro-area districts to prepare leaders specifically for their schools.
Please review all options and specific semester starting dates below to find the best cohort option for your circumstances and career goals.
Principal Licensure Cohort Options
Distance Learning Cohort – begins every summer
The Distance Learning cohort option has a long history of serving students who live far away from campus. Additionally, this cohort offers students a hybrid (online and face-to-face) course format. Students meet in the first summer for a three-day boot camp. In the fall, they experience two Friday/Saturday weekend sessions. And, they attend two more weekend sessions the following spring. During the second summer, they attend a culminating half-day session. The rest of the work is completed online. So, if you prefer an online environment and four-weekend experience, this is the cohort for you.
Denver Public Schools – begins every spring
The DPS cohort option is one of the DPS Pathways to Principalship. The work in this cohort is focused on leadership for ELL (English Language Learner) student populations as well as cultural leadership. Instructors and students work closely with not only state and national standards, but also with the LEAD Framework to prepare principals. Students meet on one Saturday and two Tuesdays a month over four semesters. A new cohort starts each spring. If you want to work in Denver, this is the cohort for you. Please review this information on the DPS website.
Jefferson County Public Schools – begins every 1 ½ years in fall or spring
The JeffCo cohort option is offered in partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools. Courses occur on twelve Tuesday evenings during each of the four semesters. This standards-based, performance-based assessed, cohort program is taught by university professors and experienced JeffCo administrators. If you want to prepare for a leadership position in JeffCo, this is the cohort for you.
Northern Cohort – begins every 1 ½ years in fall or spring
The Northern Cohort option is offered in partnership with the Boulder Valley School District for applicants from northern-metro districts. This cohort meets on Wednesday evenings during each of the four semesters of the program. This standards-based, performance-based assessed, cohort program is taught by university professors and experienced district administrators. If you want to be a principal in a northern-metro district school district, this is the cohort option for you.
CU South Denver Cohort – begins every 1 ½ years in fall or spring
The CU South Denver cohort serves southern-metro districts (Douglas County, Cherry Creek, Littleton, Sheridan, Englewood, Lewis-Palmer and Colorado Springs School District 11). This cohort meets on twelve Tuesdays during each of four semesters at the Liniger Building at CU South Denver. This standards-based, performance-based assessed, cohort program is taught by university professors and experienced district administrators. If you want to be a principal in one of the southern-metro districts, this cohort option is for you.
Charter/Innovation Cohort – next cohort TBA. Updates will be posted here.
The Charter/Innovation cohort serves principal licensure candidates who work in charter or innovation schools. To receive the CO principal’s license, applicants need to have a Colorado teaching license and a minimum of three years of licensed experience. This standards-based, performance-based assessed, cohort program is taught by university professors and experienced charter/innovation school administrators. This particular cohort meets on four Saturdays over four semesters. If you want to acquire the knowledge, skills, dispositions and behaviors of a principal to lead a charter or innovation school, this is the cohort for you.
Denver Public Schools Educational Leadership Program for Diverse Communities
CU South Denver Cohort