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Building-Level / Principal Cert.
Building-Level / Principal Certificate Online

Program Overview

This certificate program is designed for credentialed educators in Arkansas as well as credentialed educators from other states who seek to acquire a Building-Level Administrator License (i.e. principal's license). The program builds on previous degrees through our curriculum-intense courses and is designed to provide an accelerated, affordable route to obtaining an additional licensure.

icon $7,608 Total Tuition
icon Varies Program Duration
icon 24 Credit Hours
icon $7,608 Total Tuition
icon Varies Program Duration
icon 24 Credit Hours
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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.

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In their Best Colleges Rankings for 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranks A-State #25 for "Top Public Schools, Regional Universities (South)."


Our Building-Level / Principal Certificate online program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Tuition $7,608
Tuition Per Credit Hour $317
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$277.00 $40.00 $317.00 $831.00 $120.00 $951.00


Our Building-Level / Principal Certificate online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2020 7wk 1/13/2020 2/28/2020 12/30/2019 1/3/2020 1/9/2020 1/10/2020 2/18/2020
7wk 3/9/2020 5/1/2020 2/24/2020 2/28/2020 3/5/2020 3/6/2020 4/15/2020
Summer 2020 5wk 6/1/2020 7/3/2020 5/18/2020 5/22/2020 5/28/2020 5/29/2020 6/19/2020
5wk 7/6/2020 8/7/2020 6/22/2020 6/26/2020 7/2/2020 7/5/2020 7/24/2020
Fall 2020 7wk 8/25/2020 10/9/2020 8/10/2020 8/14/2020 8/20/2020 8/21/2020 9/25/2020
7wk 10/19/2020 12/11/2020 10/5/2020 10/9/2020 10/15/2020 10/16/2020 11/27/2020
Term Course Begin Course End Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2019 7/1/2019 8/2/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/19/2019
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Students interested in this certificate program must have two years of teaching experience. Review the full admission requirements below.

  • An education-related master's degree from an accredited institution
  • One year of teaching experience. Please submit Teaching Experience Verification Form
  • A written commitment from an educator who will function as your mentor during the degree program. Applicants should review the qualifications and responsibilities with their chosen mentor prior to having the mentor complete the Mentor Form.

For further information concerning admissions, contact A-State Online Services at 866-881-3168, or email the Graduate Admission Coordinator.

Note: It will take approximately three weeks for A-State to make a decision on your application. If you have questions during that time, you can use our Self Service feature, which allows you to see when transcripts and teaching certificates reach our offices. When you receive your decision letter, it will provide instructions for enrolling yourself into the program and downloading the necessary software. If you have questions during this process, please call us at 866-621-8096 866-621-8096.

Arkansas State University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by Arkansas State University, please visit and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.

Additional Information

*Application fee waived for all new applicants who apply between May 19, 2020 and June 22, 2020 and start on July 6, 2020. Does not apply to applications received before May 19, 2020. Can be combined with other A-State RN-BSN scholarships. Does not apply to Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401


Students in the Building-Level / Principal Certificate online program must complete the following eight courses (24 credit hours).

ELAD 6203: Ethical Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Presents an overview of educational administration for practitioners within the context of ethical and professional behavior.

ELAD 6073: School Law

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on constitutional and statutory provisions and court decisions regarding the legal aspects of education.

ELAD 6003: School and Community Relations

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on concepts, programs, and procedures for establishing and maintaining positive relations between the school, its constituents, and related agencies.

ELCI 6063: Curriculum Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on perspectives, skills, and processes necessary for managing curriculum and formalizing the curriculum decision-making process.

ELCI 6083: Supervision and Evaluation of Teaching

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Combines attributes of supervising teaching with the formal aspects of teacher evaluation via emphasis on adult development, clinical supervision, and evaluation processes and models extant in public schools.

ELAD 6593: Supervised Internship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on authentic problems and activities that require candidates to demonstrate leadership skills and practices integral to school leadership. The internship must be completed during the semester in which a candidate completes the degree.

ELAD 6033: Administration and Supervision of Special Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an in-depth study of and an exploration into the administrative processes of special education.

ELAD 6053: Planning and Resource Allocation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Addresses planning and resource allocation in public schools with special attention given to site-based management.

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