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206 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-3377

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Pk-12 Administration Certificate Requirements


For students accepted into the PK-12 Administration Certificate program spring 2009 or later, 22-23 credits are required for each license. The program offers a variety of courses specifically designed to address the competencies required for each license. Evening and weekend courses are available to accommodate the schedules of practicing administrators. On average, most students complete the program in one to two years. To view a full listing of the courses scheduled, please go to Class schedules and course descriptions.

Required for All Licenses

Note: OLPD 5391 is not required for the director of special education license. OLPD 5387 and 5391 are not required for the director of community education license.

Licensure-Specific Course Requirements

K-12 principal


Director of special education

Director of community education

Additional Requirements

Exit requirements

Further requirements: K-12 principal, superintendent, and director of special education

Further requirements: director of community education

Licensure Through Non-Certificate Option

In some cases students may enroll in the non-certificate program. This option is available only with approval of an adviser and only if the candidate is

Under this option candidates must complete a minimum of 6 credits through the University of Minnesota as well as other requirements as specified. Additional credits will be determined after your adviser reviews your transcripts.

Alternative Licensure Pathway

There is a route to licensure for aspiring principals, superintendents, and directors of special education who want to become licensed but do not have a teaching license. In addition to the licensure requirements listed above, you must also complete the following:

Professionals who may be licensed under the alternative licensure pathway include: school psychologists, school social workers, speech therapists, school librarians (without teaching license), school counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and school nurses as well as others outside of schools and school districts.

For further information on the non-certificate or alternative licensure options, please contact the program director.

Program Director

Dr. Gary Prest
Phone: 612-626-8647 | Fax: 612-624-3377

Revised September 14, 2017

New Program Option

Executive Ph.D. program

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