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Master of Arts in Leadership for Educational Organizations, Principal (License)

Program Overview

Prepares district leaders for future-ready schools. Equipped with a focus on diversity and social justice and the skills and knowledge to develop a vision for a successful school, graduates pursue careers as elementary, middle, or high school principals and administrators to realize change at school and community levels.

What you'll learn

You’re dedicated to making a difference and ensuring your students succeed. You step up when leadership roles arise and are ready to take your passion for learning and leading to the next step. The University of Colorado Denver’s MA in Leadership for Educational Organizations (LEO-MA) degree with principal licensure is the program for you. With CU Denver’s excellent reputation and our expert and supportive faculty, you’ll start a path to a fulfilling career as an elementary, middle or high school principal or administrator where you’ll realize change at school and community levels. You’ll learn how to encourage diversity and social justice, develop a vision for a successful school and attain the real-world knowledge necessary to help you apply it.

CU Denver will prepare you with the wide breadth of knowledge necessary to create a school learning environment that is cooperative, safe and welcoming. You will learn how to:

  • Collaborate across communities and stakeholder groups
  • Become well-versed in current educational issues and how to overcome them, and
  • Gain awareness of the legal, financial and political dimensions of schools and school districts.

You’ll learn all of this with a focus on equity and social justice, ensuring that all students have equal opportunities for an excellent education.

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a school principal. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value equal opportunities in education. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

Cohorts

Learning with a cohort gives you the ability to customize your learning experience. Our cohorts are tailored to match your needs and future professional goals. We believe you will be best prepared for this demanding career with personalized instructional development with practitioners and leaders with a proven track record of success.

Typically, cohorts comprise 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.

Upcoming Cohorts

Summer 2024 Distance Learning Cohort

  • Applications accepted through April 1, 2024
  • Remote classes with synchronous meetings
  • Summer 2024: Wed, Thurs, Fri daytime synchronous meeting in mid-June
  • Fall 2024: synchronous meetings - two weekends (Friday evening and Saturday)
  • Spring 2025: synchronous meetings - two weekends (Friday evening and Saturday)
  • Summer 2025: meet on the last day of class - Friday, July 11, 2025
  • Register for a virtual info session

Fall 2024 Douglas County Cohort

  • Applications accepted through June 30, 2024
  • In-person instruction with online work and integrated clinical experiences.
  • Classes take place one Saturday per month from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. from Aug. 2024 – Dec. 2025 at a Douglas County School District facility.
  • Information sessions:
  • Face-to-face info session: Jan. 25, 2024, from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Legacy Campus Room 241, 10035 S Peoria St, Lone Tree CO 80134.
  • Register for a virtual info session

Fall 2024 Denver Metro Cohort

  • Applications accepted through June 30, 2024
  • Hybrid (in-person instruction, online coursework, and integrated clinical experiences)
  • Classes begin in August 2024 with the first in-person sessions slated for Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14. Classes take place one Friday per month from 5 - 8 p.m. and one Saturday per month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. through Dec. 2025 at CU Denver.
  • Register for a virtual info session
Program Description

What you'll learn

You’re dedicated to making a difference and ensuring your students succeed. You step up when leadership roles arise and are ready to take your passion for learning and leading to the next step. The University of Colorado Denver’s MA in Leadership for Educational Organizations (LEO-MA) degree with principal licensure is the program for you. With CU Denver’s excellent reputation and our expert and supportive faculty, you’ll start a path to a fulfilling career as an elementary, middle or high school principal or administrator where you’ll realize change at school and community levels. You’ll learn how to encourage diversity and social justice, develop a vision for a successful school and attain the real-world knowledge necessary to help you apply it.

CU Denver will prepare you with the wide breadth of knowledge necessary to create a school learning environment that is cooperative, safe and welcoming. You will learn how to:

  • Collaborate across communities and stakeholder groups
  • Become well-versed in current educational issues and how to overcome them, and
  • Gain awareness of the legal, financial and political dimensions of schools and school districts.

You’ll learn all of this with a focus on equity and social justice, ensuring that all students have equal opportunities for an excellent education.

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a school principal. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value equal opportunities in education. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

Cohorts

Learning with a cohort gives you the ability to customize your learning experience. Our cohorts are tailored to match your needs and future professional goals. We believe you will be best prepared for this demanding career with personalized instructional development with practitioners and leaders with a proven track record of success.

Typically, cohorts comprise 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.

Upcoming Cohorts

Summer 2024 Distance Learning Cohort

  • Applications accepted through April 1, 2024
  • Remote classes with synchronous meetings
  • Summer 2024: Wed, Thurs, Fri daytime synchronous meeting in mid-June
  • Fall 2024: synchronous meetings - two weekends (Friday evening and Saturday)
  • Spring 2025: synchronous meetings - two weekends (Friday evening and Saturday)
  • Summer 2025: meet on the last day of class - Friday, July 11, 2025
  • Register for a virtual info session

Fall 2024 Douglas County Cohort

  • Applications accepted through June 30, 2024
  • In-person instruction with online work and integrated clinical experiences.
  • Classes take place one Saturday per month from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. from Aug. 2024 – Dec. 2025 at a Douglas County School District facility.
  • Information sessions:
  • Face-to-face info session: Jan. 25, 2024, from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Legacy Campus Room 241, 10035 S Peoria St, Lone Tree CO 80134.
  • Register for a virtual info session

Fall 2024 Denver Metro Cohort

  • Applications accepted through June 30, 2024
  • Hybrid (in-person instruction, online coursework, and integrated clinical experiences)
  • Classes begin in August 2024 with the first in-person sessions slated for Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14. Classes take place one Friday per month from 5 - 8 p.m. and one Saturday per month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. through Dec. 2025 at CU Denver.
  • Register for a virtual info session

CU Denver graduates earn more, build community, and make connections. Take the first step toward your future and join an inclusive community of learners while gaining the skills of tomorrow, today.

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