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Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program

Advance your career in education with your principal’s license.

We created Cleveland State University’s Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program for aspiring educators who have already earned a Master’s degree. This is a fast-track, convenient pathway to leadership positions, designed for working professionals. This program provides you with the focused conceptual and technical knowledge you need to become a principal or educational administrator.

Time to Complete: 4 semesters

Credits: 11 courses totaling 22 credits

Cost: Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar's website

Program Highlights

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Career Outcomes and Job Opportunities

Expand your impact through leadership positions in education. Upon completing the Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program from Cleveland State University, you’ll be prepared for a variety of leadership roles, including:

Course Title Credits
CEL 600 Leadership for 21st Century Schools 2 Credits
CEL 603 Visionary Leadership 2 Credits
CEL 606 Making Global Connections through Technology 2 Credits
CEL 609 Leading School Reform 2 Credits
CEL 612 Data Driven Decision Making 2 Credits
CEL 615 Raising Student Achievement 2 Credits
CEL 618 Communicating Effectively 2 Credits
CEL 621 Education Policy and Practice 2 Credits
CEL 624 Leadership, community and Engagement 2 Credits
CEL 627 School Operations and Personnel Management 2 Credits
CEL 630 Capstone 2 Credits

All students applying to the Inspired Leaders Program must:

  1. Have a Master’s Degree
  2. Have Two Years of Teaching Experience Under a Valid Teaching License
  3. Apply for admission to Cleveland State University
    • Spring Start Application Deadline: November 10th
    • Fall Start Application Deadline: June 16th
    • Request official transcripts from all programs of study. GRE, letters of reference, and statement of purpose are not required.

Interested students should fill out the Request Information form and indicate their preference for the Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure program.

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For additional information, contact:

Center for Educational Leadership
College of Education and Public Affairs
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, JH 275
Cleveland, OH 44115

Learning Methodology

Earn your principal licensure endorsement online at Cleveland State University. Learn in collaboration with your peers and graduate in just four semesters with a cohort track model that prepares you for success in an administrative role and earns you a nationally accredited principal’s license.

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As an Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure candidate, you will learn from and interact with educational leaders working in the field who combine real-world experience with theoretical knowledge. Our dedicated and caring faculty provide you with the most up-to-date and relevant curriculum to make sure you’re prepared to take on the challenges you’ll face.


What can I do with a principal’s license?

When you graduate with your endorsement for the principal’s license from Cleveland State University, you can become a principal in Ohio, or transfer to another state (some restrictions apply, students should verify all requirements in the state they are considering). You are also prepared for other leadership roles in education administration.

What is the average principal salary?

The average salary for a K-12 principal, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics is $98,420. Depending on your experience and where you live, your salary could be more or less.

Is the principal licensure worth it?

Yes! Whether or not you go on to become a principal, you’ll have the training you need to make a significant contribution in the field of education.

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