Educational Specialist - Principal Licensure

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Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

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Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Principal Licensure

Course Length: 7 weeks
Total Credit Hours: 30
Cost Per Credit Hour: $395


Concordia University, St. Paul offers their Educational Specialist degree program in a 2 year cohort blended option. The program is intended for experienced educators with at least three years of teaching experience who currently hold a Master’s degree and a valid MN teaching license and who wish to become licensed as a principal in the state of Minnesota while earning a post-graduate degree. 

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Principal Ldrshp in 21st Cent

This course is designed for individuals who desire to pursue a principal position in the future.  The primary focus is on the knowledge and skills of leaders who create cultures of excellence; respond to diverse learner needs; facilitate the development of safe, efficient, and effective learning environments; and impact the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts that shape Minnesota schools.


Principal's Role in Inst Super

This course investigates the role of the principal relevant to the supervision of instruction and evaluation of teacher performance for the purpose of instructional improvement.  A variety of theoretical models for instructional supervision will be reviewed along with their pros and cons.  Students will practice supervisory and evaluative strategies.


Principal Internship 1

This full year course is an internship that requires the students to complete a minimum of 320 clock hours over two consecutive semesters at a university-approved school.  Under the supervision and support of a university-approved onsite mentor and a university supervisor, the students will identify, plan, and complete a School Improvement Project (SIP) and a variety of administrative tasks, projects, and assignments designed to strengthen performance and professional skills that will assist the students to become a licensed principal in the state of Minnesota


Data Use & Analysis for Prin

This course will provide the learner an opportunity to use data to inform decision making at the principal level by providing a link between research and practice.  Using actual data from their school or district students will learn and use statistical data to create a school improvement plan (SIP) and present it as a project in the course.


Finance & Bus Mgmt for Princ

This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of public school finance and business management.  Students examine the economic, political, and management issues facing public school principals.  Lessons address resource allocation and resource distribution in light of the principles of liberty, adequacy, and equity.


HR for Principals

This course examines the human resources available to principals.  It examines the functions and practices in school systems that principals deal with daily.  Approaches to management, motivation, professional development, and performance are addressed along with obstacles to effective team development.


Princ & Facilitation of Change

This course focuses on theories and strategies for leading change in the educational setting. Emphasis is placed on systemic change at the building level.  It will consider aspects of change in well managed schools that focus on diverse learner needs as well as safe learning environments that promote a culture of excellence.


Legal Issues for Principals

This course examines the reality of legal issues that the everyday principal must face nearly every day of the school year.  The focus is on local, state, and national legal principles and issues related to students and employees.  Individual rights and responsibilities related to the legal process, structure of the law, legislation, litigation, and current legal issues are examined in detail.


Ethics & Interpers Effective

This course is designed to have potential principals examine their own personal ethical profiles and communication styles in light of the ethical struggles they are certain to experience in their lives as school administrators.  They will be required to reflect on their communication behaviors in light of their roles as educational leaders and relate those behaviors to ethical theory.


Written Comprehensive Exam

Written Comprehensive Exam that must be passed prior to registration for ED7061.


1. Apply Online

2. The $50 Application Fee (non-refundable) should be payable to Concordia University by check, money order or pay online. Please allow 2-3 business days for online payment processing.

3. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.

4. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

5. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in a graduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)