Principalship

The University of Akron’s principalship program prepares candidates for Ohio state principalship license through a masters degree and post-masters component. This rigorous program prepares candidates to meet national standards for educational administration. These standards are currently used by Ohio (and over 30 other states) to evaluate educational administrators. These standards are based on the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) (Council, 1996). These ISLLC standards as used by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) (National Policy Board, 2002) in cooperation with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education to accredit educational administration programs.

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. Read more.


Admission Requirements

The Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership requires no supplemental materials in addition to submission of the graduate application and official transcripts for admission to the master's degree program in Principalship. A valid teaching license is required for admission.

Application Deadline

Applications to the master's degree program in Principalship are accepted on a rolling basis.


Additional Information

The principalship program requires completion of 30 graduate credit hours.  Information on the required coursework can be found here.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process! it is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.