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
- OLPD 5324—Strategic Financial Planning and Policy for Educational Leaders (3 cr)
- OLPD 5344—School Law (3 cr)
- OLPD 5348—Leaders of Human Resource Administration (3 cr)
- OLPD 5385—Licensure Seminar: Program Policies and Inclusionary Leadership (1 cr)
- OLPD 5386—Leadership Portfolio Seminar (1 cr)
- OLPD 5387—Leadership for Teaching and Learning (3 cr)
- OLPD 5391—Special Education Law for Leaders (1 cr)
- OLPD 5396—Field Experience in PK-12 Administration: Authentic Practice in Leadership (3 cr)
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
- OLPD 5321—Principal as Leader of High Performing Schools (3 cr)
- OLPD 5388—Leadership for Master(ful) Scheduling (2 cr)
- OLPD 5322—Leaders in Superintendency and Central Office (3 cr)
- OLPD 5393—Leading School Finance Elections (1 cr)
Director of special education
- OLPD 5368—Leadership for Special Education Services (3 cr)
- OLPD 5392—Special Education Finance: Program Models Policy and Law (2 cr)
Director of community education
- OLPD 5389—Community Education Leadership (3 cr)
- OLPD 5394—Leadership in Community Ed. Finance & Law (1 cr)
- Plus credits in the following areas dependent upon undergraduate coursework or work experience: undereducated adults; strategies for teaching adults; children, youth, in society; early childhood/family education
- Complete all coursework with a grade of S or C or better.
- An electronic portfolio presented to a review panel made up of representatives from the University and licensed practitioners is required as the last step to earning licensure.
Further requirements: K-12 principal, superintendent, and director of special education
- Possess or complete three years of teaching experience
- 60 credits beyond a bachelor's degree to include a graduate degree
- 320 hours of field experience
Further requirements: director of community education
- A bachelor's degree plus 20 credits
- 320 hours of field experience
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
- already licensed as an educational administrator in Minnesota and seeking an additional license,
- a licensed and experienced administrator from another state,
- or has completed extensive coursework in educational administration.
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:
- EPSY 5135—Human Relations Workshop (4 cr)
- CI 5155—Contemporary Approaches to Curricular Instruction and Assessment (3 cr)
- 1050 hours teaching experience, including 8 weeks in the classroom
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.
Dr. Gary Prest
Phone: 612-626-8647 | Fax: 612-624-3377
Revised September 14, 2017