"[We] could not help but be impressed with the educational leadership program. It is a program worth emulating."
—NCATE / Minnesota Board of Teaching Review Team, Fall 2005
Welcome to the licensing and leadership development program for educational administrators. Housed within the University of Minnesota's Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development (OLPD), we offer an individualized program to prepare aspiring administrators for administrative licenses as a:
- K-12 principal (2008 Competencies) [PDF]
- Superintendent (2008 Competencies) [PDF]
- Director of special education (2008 Competencies) [PDF]
- Director of community education (2008 Competencies) [PDF]
The administrative licensure program offers a variety of courses specifically designed to address the competencies required by the state for the various licenses. Courses are offered throughout the year with evening courses offered during fall, spring, and summer semesters, and day courses offered during summer semester. Most students who enroll in the program are practicing teachers. On average they complete the program in one to two years.
Please Note: This program is not offered full-time and therefore is not intended for international students needing a visa to study in the United States.
Only At the U! Profession Builder
A unique feature of our program is the option to complete multiple credentials simultaneously. When you choose the University of Minnesota to further your education, you aren't limited to completing just one credential. As you complete the 60 credits that the State of Minnesota requires for administrative licensure, you can earn multiple credentials including degrees, licenses, and certificates.
Check out our Only At The U! Profession Builder [PDF] to see how studying at the University of Minnesota will empower you to become a leader of educational leaders! Your time is valuable so why not use it to accomplish as much as possible?
Practice Informed by Research
The University of Minnesota's Licensure and Leadership Program is committed to honoring the diversity of communities and learners through integrating professional wisdom; research, inquiry, and reflection; and authentic practice in the life-long development of educational administrators. Project-based learning is embedded throughout the program to ensure authentic learning opportunities. Read more about our vision and core beliefs.
Certificate in PK-12 Administration and Non-Certificate Options
Students may earn a certificate in PK-12 administration as a stand-alone program or in addition to an Ed.D. or Ph.D. Individuals already licensed in one or more areas of educational administration in Minnesota or another state are eligible for a non-certificate option to complete Minnesota requirements for a specific license.
Charter Area Learning Center and Other Alternative Education Programs
Area learning centers, charter schools, and other alternative education programs have unique requirements and necessitate specialized administrative skills. Students enrolled with a career goal of administration of an alternative setting will seek a principal's license.
Dr. Kenneth Dragseth
Dr. Lyle Taipale
Dr. Lynn Scearcy
Revised October 2013