Principal Licensure Program

Principal Licensure Online

CCU's 27-credit-hour Principal Licensure-only track is designed for experienced teachers who are seeking a path to become a licensed school principal without completing a graduate degree. The program prepares candidates to obtain a Colorado principal’s license and is designed to enhance expertise in governance, finance, law, leadership, and strategic planning.

Candidates will learn to lead teachers, develop and implement curriculum standards, and guide educators to meet established academic goals. Candidates will also learn how to manage budgets, establish proper security, and work more effectively with stakeholders.

This program is designed for school leaders who only need a license to be a principal and are not pursuing an education leadership program.

Admission to the Principal Licensure Program

Admission to the Principal Licensure program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of professional disposition qualities. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her ability to contribute to the program. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important.

Application Deadlines

You can enter the Principal Licensure online program at multiple points in the academic year. You should complete the admission process as early as possible so you will have adequate time to work with an advisor and qualify for financial aid.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the graduate admission application online.
  • Submit your résumé or Curriculum Vitae through the online application process.
  • Minimum two years teaching experience; may be in a public, private, or charter school.
  • Submit your program-specific essay through the online application process.
  • Provide your enrollment counselor with a copy of your state-issued driver's license or a state-issued identification card. This ID must include your photo and be within the expiration date. If you are an international student, contact your enrollment counselor.
  • Submit an official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester. CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
  • Obtain one professional recommendation. Download CCU's Letter of Recommendation form (PDF) and mail it as soon as possible to the person(s) you would like to complete it on your behalf.
  • Complete an admission interview with Principal Licensure program personnel.

To submit application-related materials that were not already submitted through the online application, email items to:

or mail items to:

Colorado Christian University
Attn: Service Central – CAGS Transcripts
215 Union Blvd, Suite 600
Lakewood, CO 80228

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

State Exclusions for Online Students

The School of Education Professions at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

  • CAGS does not offer Educator Licensure or Non-Licensure courses (undergraduate or graduate) to online students who reside in Hawaii.

Apply for free!

  • Ready to get started? Take the first step by applying to CCU Online. Use promo code POSSIBLE to waive the $50 application fee.