The Principalship program requires that candidates be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions as outlined in the Ohio Principalship Standards and the Educational Leadership Licensure Consortium. The standards are assessed as part of coursework and require that candidates in the program are able to demonstrate leadership in their schools. Program courses are designed so that a candidate begins the study of school leadership in ways that can be balanced with classroom teaching responsibilities.
The amount of time and participation in school leadership activities is increased as the candidate moves through the program courses and assessment activities. It is not necessary for a candidate to leave their teaching position to complete the program however participation in program activities will require significant time and effort on the part of the candidate.
To obtain a Principal license candidates, must complete the full program of coursework including the program classes and the post-MA/MS coursework, internship and Praxis examination.
Candidates who do not hold a Master’s degree may obtain a Master’s degree and a license by completion of the following:
Candidates who hold a Master’s degree in a program other than a current MA/MS in the Principalship (graduation within the past 3 years) from The University of Akron Principalship program may complete the program in one of the following ways:
Each core class (those starting with the prefix 5170) contains a common assessment designed to meet program standards. The common assessment is directly linked to program standards (OPS and ELCC). Candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency of the standards as evidenced in the common assessments to be considered for a license.
At the program mid-point (at the end of the MA/MS if a candidate is obtaining the master’s degree or prior to enrollment in the internship if the candidate is not obtaining the master’s degree) the candidate must enroll in 5170:720 Capstone. In this course, the candidate will conduct a common assessment in the form of a needs assessment of their school. The needs assessment readies the candidate to complete the internship requirements. All program masters level candidates must compete the Capstone course as the final program course. Candidates enrolled as special non-degree (SND) must complete the Capstone course to be considered for a license.
The final activity required for candidates who wish to obtain a Principalship license for the State of Ohio is the internship. The internship (5170:695/696) is a year-long (fall/spring only) mentored experience that requires the candidate to demonstrate leadership knowledge, skills and dispositions as outlined by OPS/ELCC. A candidate may not substitute employment for the internship. All program candidates must compete the internship experience/courses to be considered for a license.