Are you ready to take the next step in responsibility and earning power? Our educational leadership license prepares educators to advance within school administration.

License Requirements

The Educational Leadership Program at IU Southeast offers interested candidates a licensure program to receive their principal certification. The program currently consists of ten (10) courses for thirty (30) credit hours. It is a licensure program and not a degree program. Candidates who are accepted into the program may begin their coursework either in the spring, summer or fall semesters. Kentucky candidates may apply the hours toward a Rank 1.

Depending upon the time that one begins coursework, the program may be completed in 3 semesters and 1-2 summers.

Required Courses

Candidates must complete the following courses and meet the program requirements as required by Indiana and Kentucky, if applicable.

All candidates must be admitted to the Educational Leadership Program at IU Southeast.

  • Hold a valid classroom teaching license.
  • Completed the following course requirements:
Course Requirements
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-A 500 Introduction to Educational Leadership 3
EDUC-A 510 School and Community Relations 3
EDUC-A 608 Legal Perspectives on Education 3
EDUC-A 625 Administration of the Elementary School 3
EDUC-A 627 Secondary School Administration 3
EDUC-A 635 Public School Budgeting and Accounting 3
EDUC-A 638 Public School Personnel Management 3
EDUC-A 695 Practicum in School Administration (3 one-hour sections) 3
EDUC-H 520 Education and Social Issues (section for Educational Leadership) 3
EDUC-J 500 Instruction in Context of Curriculum 3
(section for Educational Leadership)

Attention Kentucky candidates: All coursework must be post-Master's.

Upgrade to a master's degree

Indiana candidates can choose to add your educational leadership license to your M.S.Ed. degree, and/or you can add/take those courses while you are pursuing your M.S.Ed. degree.

Admission Process

  1. Attend a program group advising session, meet with an Educational Leadership program faculty member, or have a telephone advising meeting with an Educational Leadership program faculty member.
  2. Complete online application. A $40 application fee is assessed when applying to program. If a previous application fee was paid the fee should be waived. To determine if fee is to be waived, please contact our Records Specialist at (812) 941-2388.
  3. On the Uploads Tab, upload an essay that explains why you want to be a building level administrator, how you have impacted student learning and how you have served as a school leader.
  4. Three letters of recommendation that address your leadership skills must be submitted. One must be from a current or recent supervisor. Use the Recommendation Tab on the online application to request electronically. If desired, letters may be mailed directly to Records Specialist.
  5. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than an IU school. A minimum 3.0 GPA must be reflected on all transcripts.
  6. Also on the Uploads Tab, upload a copy of current teaching license. (Emergency license and statement of eligibility are not acceptable.)
  7. Applications are due at least ten days prior to the beginning of the Summer, Fall, or Spring terms.
  8. A500 Introduction to Educational Leadership must be taken as one of the first courses. It is offered each term. Contact Dr. Robin Fankhauser for more information.

Important Information:

  • Indiana application’s must hold a master’s degree or be enrolled in the M.S.Ed. program at IU Southeast.
  • Kentucky applications must hold a master’s degree to be considered for acceptance. Kentucky candidates may apply hours toward a Rank I upon completion of the program.

A two-year gap in coursework will require a new application for re-admission into any graduate program, and a mandatory meeting with a program advisor. The re-admitted candidate must then comply with any new program requirements, if any.

Graduate admission application deadlines:

  • Summer Session 1: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Summer Session 2: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Fall: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.
  • Spring: Rolling application. Review up until ten days before the term begins.


For individual advising for the Educational Leadership license, please contact:
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Doyin Coker-Kolo Ph.D.

Professor, School of Education
Educational Leadership Program

Hillside Hall 12
Phone: (812) 941-2206

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