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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.
  • Minimum two years teaching experience; may be in a public, private, or charter school.
  • Submit an official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an 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.
  • 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: Registrar's Office/Transcripts
8787 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226

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

Colorado Christian University is required by the U.S. Department of Education to be in compliance with state laws regarding where we can offer distance and/or online education. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with some exceptions for specific academic programs.

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