Education Specialist in Educational Leadership, Principalship Online
Prepare for the many roles and responsibilities of a school principal with this 100% online program that offers you an intense study of the latest research on effective school management and education.
Find out why our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Principalship online degree is for you
Our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Principalship online program is designed to improve your general educational and specific professional competencies as a school system leader. Our esteemed faculty developed the program to provide additional training, beyond a master's, based on recommendations from professional organizations and accrediting associations. Candidates complete performance-based activities in P–12 school sites and related learning.
This program includes an internship requirement that can be completed while you continue working as an educator or school administrator. In addition, some of the coursework you complete as part of this post-master's degree program can apply to an Arkansas State University doctoral degree in education, allowing you to earn that degree in less time.
As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.
This program requires Live Text.
As a graduate of this online program, you will be prepared for various educational leadership roles, including:
- Assistant Principal
- Assistant Principal
A-State offers a variety of post-graduate programs in a convenient online format. Explore our full range of online post-graduate programs.
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Pay for your online program by the course
Our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Principalship online program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included.
Upcoming dates and deadlines
Our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Principalship online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.
Please note that the internship course lasts a full semester and only starts in Fall 1 and Spring 1 of terms.
Please note Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms are 5 weeks in duration for this program.
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Learn how to apply to this online Ed.S. principalship program
Students who are interested in our Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Principalship online program must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution and one year of teaching experience. Review full admission requirements below. At this time, International students may not be accepted into any Educational Leadership program – only students with a valid US teaching license that are working in a US school district are eligible for this program.
- Online application
- Master's degree
- Valid teaching license
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution with at least 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
- A valid, standard teaching license
- One year of experience as a certified teacher in an educational institution
- A written commitment from a practicing central office administrator who will serve as a mentor during this program. View acceptable mentors (PDF)
Note: If you have a 3.0-3.24 GPA, you must make a grade of B or better during the first 12 hours of graduate work at Arkansas State University.
Application submission requirements
- Complete online application, including the mentor form
- Pay the nonrefundable $30 fee
- Send official transcript(s) from the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution. For this program, we will only need an official transcript that shows your conferred master's degree.
Submit all documents to:A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467
Email: [email protected]
While not required for admission, Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Credentials will be required prior to registering for your first course.
Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure and it is up to the Student to confirm if the program will meet the needs for licensure. Please refer to the Program Approval Map to determine which programs are eligible to be offered in States and to find relevant State Agency contact information. Eligibility to offer in a State does not guarantee the program will meet State licensure requirements.
Additional required documents
As part of the student's portfolio, the following information is required to be completed prior to registering for the 3rd term (second semester):
- Video Essay
- Writing Sample
These additional documents are not required to render an admissions decision.
- Email a written Letter of Appeal and GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial) to [email protected]
Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program subject to department approval. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. The course must have been taken at the level of the program you are seeking. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.
Take a look at the online principalship curriculum
Students pursuing this Ed.S. program must complete the following 10 courses (30 credit hours).