Building Principal
Online Certificate

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Overview


The Graduate Certificate in Building Principal program is an 18-hour non-degree, endorsement program in partial requirement for a Kansas Building Leadership principal license.

The Building Principal Certificate has only been approved by KSDE to meet coursework requirements for principal licensure in Kansas. We only seek approval from KSDE since we are a Kansas institution; therefore, we have not nor will we be seeking approval from DESE for Missouri principal license, or any other state. It is your responsibility to know the building principal licensure requirements for the state for which you intend to seek principal licensure. 

Admission Requirements:

  • The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree and an education related Master's degree
  • Master's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA or admitted with condition
  • Hold a valid teaching license

Procedural Steps for Certificate:

  1. Apply through the Office of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Certificate in Building Principal
  2. Submit an official transcript
  3. The student must petition for completion of the Certificate program during the last semester

Financial Aid Eligibility:

Certificate MUST be completed within one year and six hours per semester. Candidates can begin program in any semester.

Ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report

Cost


$390*

  • Total per credit hour

18

  • Credit hours
  • Total tuition = $7,020*
    ( $354 per credit hour + $36 electronic access fee) x 18 credits
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2019-2020 academic year tuition rates and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2019-2020 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • Required Courses

Candidates can begin program in any semester.

Fall Semester

LDSP 801 Educational Leadership Policy and Practice (3 credit hours)*~

LDSP 863 Supervision of Instruction (3 credit hours)*~

Spring Semester

LDSP 855 Administration and Supervision of Special Education (3 credit hours)

LDSP 859 Change Process and Professional Development (3 credit hours)*~

Summer Semester

LDSP 809 Legal Foundations of Public Education (3 credit hours)*

LDSP 847 The Principalship (3 credit hours)

*Course can be applied to the Specialist in Education Degree Major in Advanced Leadership Studies Emphasis in General School Administration (District Licensure) 

~Courses can be applied to the Specialist in Education Degree Major in Advanced Leadership Studies Emphasis in Special Education 

NOTE: If your state requires that a “practicum” course must be on your transcript; you have the option of enrolling in an additional 3 credit hour class: LDSP 893 Practicum in Educational Leadership to fulfill your state’s licensure requirement. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED IN KANSAS.

About Teaching and Leadership Department


Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The department offers Alternative Teaching Licensure programs in Special Education and Secondary Education. Certificates that lead to an endorsement to a teaching license in a variety of educational areas are available.

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