This program offers a variety of courses specifically designed to address the competencies required for each license.
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 5384—Special Education Law for Leaders (1 cr)
- OLPD 5396—Field Experience in PK-12 Administration: Authentic Practice in Leadership (3 cr)
Note: OLPD 5384 is not required for the director of special education license. OLPD 5387 and 5384 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 5376—Leading School Finance Elections (1 cr)
Director of special education
- OLPD 5368—Leadership for Special Education Services (3 cr)
- OLPD 5375—Special Education Finance: Program Models Policy and Law (2 cr)
Director of community education
- OLPD 5389—Community Education Leadership (3 cr)
- OLPD 5377—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:
- CI 5155—Contemporary Approaches to Curricular Instruction and Assessment (3 cr)
- 1050 hours classroom experience