principal at a table with a group of children, looking at digital tabletsPrincipal Licensure
Starting summer 2020!

Defiance College's accelerated five-course program is 100% online. A 6-month concurrent internship can be completed within your school district. Courses taught in an 8-week format allow candidates to complete the program in 3 semesters. Licenses can be earned in the following grade bands: PK-6, 4-9, or 5-12.

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DC PRINCIPAL LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

  • A completed application for admission
  • Official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  • Letters of recommendation from two individuals who can speak to your performance as a teacher – one from an immediate supervisor
  • Statement of Purpose for pursuing a principal license
  • 3.00 graduate GPA (or 3.00 undergraduate GPA if taking the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) simultaneously*)

*NOTE: Because a master's degree is required to obtain a principal license in the state of Ohio, interested applicants who have not earned a master's degree may simultaneously apply to DC's Master of Arts in Education program.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION LICENSURE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Before applying for the principal license, candidates must:

  • Complete two years of successful teaching under a professional teaching license in the grade bands of the desired license
  • Complete a master's degree
  • Complete an approved principal licensure program
  • Pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators Education Leadership (015) Assessment
  • Receive the recommendation of the head of teacher education of the institution attended
  • Pass a criminal background (FBI/BCI) check

COURSES

  • EDUC 620 The Principalship and Instructional Leadership (3)
  • EDUC 621 School Finance and Human Resources (3)
  • EDUC 622 Educational Law and Ethics (3)
  • EDUC 623 Special Education, Law, Policies, and Procedures (3)
  • EDUC 624 School Culture, Families, and Communities: Equity and Cultural Responsiveness (3)
  • EDUC 691 Internship (3) - repeatable 3 times

MEET THE FACULTY

Carla Higgins, Ph.D.
Jo Ann Burkhardt, Ph.D.
Fred Coulter, Ph.D.