Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

Principal Licensure

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Why Choose the Principal Licensure Program?

If you are an experienced teacher who desires to take on a building level leadership position, such as principal and assistant principal enroll in the principal licensure program at Wright State. PreK-12 schools of the 21st Century need principals who are instructional leaders with management expertise and people skills that allow them to lead their faculty and staff in ways that produce success for the students and the school. You can prepare to become a high quality building-level leader through this program, which includes state and national standards-based coursework, field activities and a portfolio,  

Candidates seeking a principal license must have a current teaching license, at least two years of successful classroom teaching experience, and a recent master’s degree in educational leadership or an advised equivalent. Candidates with an expired professional license must complete the renewal requirements for their license prior to the granting of the principal license. 

Upon successful completion of the principal license program of study and passing the appropriate licensure exam, the holder of a current professional teaching license is eligible for a principal license. Please consult with a licensure advisor in the college’s Office of Student Services for current testing information. 

The principal M.Ed. program give you a route to principal licensure for if you do not have a previous master’s degree in educational leadership. If you are interested in entering the principal licensure-only program, have your graduate-level transcripts evaluated prior to completing the application. This helps the evaluators determine your exact program of study. Review the frequently asked questions below to find out how and where to submit these transcripts. 

Contact Information

Grant Hambright, Ed.D., Program Director
937-775-3281
grant.hambright@wright.edu

 

Rankings

"Best Online Programs—Graduate Education," U.S. News & World Report, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State’s online Master of Education program, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, 43rd among the 275 schools responding to the survey, naming it among “Best Online Programs — Graduate Education.”

Source: Wright State Newsroom

 

Careers

View the principalship program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.   

Note that 94 percent of our 2018-2019 Principalship graduates were employed in Ohio within a year of graduation. (ODJFS Data Match, 2019). 

The College of Education and Human Services has provided a dedicated career consultant to assist you in connecting your major to a career. The career consultant focuses on staying up to date on career trends in education, kinesiology and health, leadership, and human services. Our assigned career consultant is an extension of services offered through Wright State’s Career Services.  

Academics and Curriculum

View the Principal licensure program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited university in Educational Leadership, Educational Administration or an advised equivalent 
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Current teaching license 
  • Minimum of two years successful classroom teaching 

Admission Process

1

Apply to Graduate School.

Admission is in Fall B, Spring B, and Summer B terms. Apply at least six weeks prior ro the term of enrollment. 

The principal M.Ed. program give you a route to principal licensure for if you do not have a previous master’s degree in educational leadership. If you are interested in entering the principal licensure-only program, have your graduate-level transcripts evaluated prior to completing the application. This helps the evaluators determine your exact program of study. Review the frequently asked questions below to find out how and where to submit these transcripts. 

2

Submit to the Graduate School:

  • Complete the domestic (degree) application. Do not use the non-degree application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (except Wright State)
  • Current teaching license with application
  • Three recommendation forms (effective for all applicants applying for Spring 2018 semester and thereafter). At least one of these forms must be from a direct supervisor—principal, superintendent or other school administrator. Please see the Graduate School application for the required two-page recommendation forms.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 937-775-2976
Fax: 937-775-2453
Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I already have a master's degree. Do I need to earn a second master's degree in order to qualify for a principal license?

    To qualify for the principal licensure-only program at Wright State, you need to have a recent master’s degree in educational leadership or an advised equivalent like educational administration. If you have a previous master’s degree in a different educational area, such as reading, special education, science, etc., you should enter Wright State’s principal M.Ed. program so you may obtain the leadership leveling courses as well as the building-level leadership licensure courses necessary to become a well-qualified building level leader and to qualify for an Ohio principal license. 

    If you are interested in entering the principal licensure-only program, you should seek to have your graduate-level transcripts evaluated prior to completing your application to determine your exact program of study. 

  • How can I know if my previous master’s degree could count as an “advised equivalent,” qualifying me for the principal licensure-only program?

    In general, to count as an advised equivalent to an educational leadership master’s degree, your previous degree needs to include such courses as school law, supervision of instruction, ethics and politics in education, student assessment, leadership for school improvement, curriculum analysis, and instructional leadership and change. These courses need to have been completed within the last seven years. 

    The educational leadership team is happy to evaluate transcripts for previous graduate-level coursework to determine exactly which courses you would need to complete in order to qualify for an Ohio Principal License. 

  • Where do I send my previous graduate-level transcripts for review?

    Transcripts may be sent to the program director, Grant Hambright. Please feel free to scan and e-mail them to grant.hambright@wright.edu, fax them to 937-775-2405, or mail them to: 

    Leadership Studies Department 
    Attn: Dr. Grant Hambright 
    Wright State University 
    3640 Col. Glenn Hwy. 
    Dayton, OH 45435 

    Include both a phone number and an email address where you can be reached. 

    For this review process, official/original transcripts are not needed. A scanned or faxed copy will suffice. If you decide to apply to Wright State’s program, The Graduate School will require you to send official transcripts; but, for the review process, a copy will work. 

    If your previous graduate work was at Wright State, we have access to your transcripts. Simply contact the program director to request a transcript review. Additionally, if your transcript was under a different name, please be sure to let the program director know. 

    Please allow approximately 10 business days for the review results. 

  • Upon completion of my principal program, how do I obtain my principal license?

    To qualify for the license, you must successfully complete the required state licensure exam. Currently that exam is the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) #015 Educational Leadership. 

    Upon passing the exam, you should then apply to the Ohio Department of Education for your principal license AND send to the Wright State Office of Student Services evidence of your teaching experience. Please consult the steps listed on the licensure information webpage for more information on this process and to see a sample letter.

     

  • At what point in my principal program should I take the state licensure exam?

    The principal licensure faculty strongly advise you to only take the licensure exam once you have completed all coursework in their program. The standards-based courses in both programs prepares you for the exam, and taking the exam prior to finishing coursework is not encouraged. 

    If you choose to take the licensure exam during your final practicum course, that is permissible, but taking the exam earlier than that is not advised. 

    Consult the OAE website to learn about available test information and study guides. 


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