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Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research

Principal Preparation Program

The principal preparation program is a blended learning format designed for full-time educators to complete in 18 months.  We currently offer the 30-hour principal preparation program as a Level 1 certification only, an MAE, a Rank 1, or Rank 2 program. Complete the application for your desired program.


Category of Study: Masters (for Rank 1 or 2 depending on current certification)

Category of Study: Instructional Leadership, School Principal (0499)

Category of Study: Rank 1

Planned Course of Study: School Administration Rank 1 (121)

Concentration: Principal Level 1

Category of Study: Certification

Planned Course of Study: Certification Only–Ed Leadership (131)

Concentration: Principal Level 1

We offer courses in a hybrid format, recognizing the demands of full-time educators, but also balancing the importance of building relationships with instructors and cohort members.

Our program features authentic learning experiences that prepare students to (1) actively ask the right questions and seek solutions to problems of practice, (2) collaborate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders to implement and evaluate continuous improvement, (3) lead instruction and develop a vision of teaching and learning at the school level, and (4) transform schools to produce equitable outcomes.  Program experiences were designed around these themes.  Students will participate in required, elected, and personalized clinical experiences embedded throughout the program. 

WKU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers a Kentucky P12 Educator Discount.  Find complete information on criteria and eligible programs at https://www.wku.edu/ketd/.

Course Requirements


Courses (30 hours total)*


EDAD 602 Introduction to School Leadership (3 hours)

EDAD 604 Creating a Culture of Achievement (3 hours)


EDAD 606 Leading Learning Systems (3 hours)

EDAD 607 Developing Teacher Capacity (3 hours)


EDAD 605 Leading a Community of Learners (3 hours)

EDAD 609 Leading School Improvement (3 hours)


EDAD 603 School Law and Policy (3 hours)

EDAD 608 Resource Management for Equitable Outcomes (3 hours)


EDAD 610 Clinical Experiences in the Principalship (6 hours)

*Principal candidates must meet Kentucky requirements for certification including meeting state requirements on licensure assessment.

Level 2 Courses (9 hours):

  • EDAD 694 Seminar in Education Administration (3 hours) (Completion of Level I is a prerequisite to this course)
  • Advisor-approved electives (6 hours)

Admission Requirements

Admission into the revised principal preparation program requires acceptance by the graduate school, submission of department application, and selection by the principal preparation admissions committee.

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply for admission:

  • Submit a copy of a current, valid teaching certificate
  • Three years documented successful teaching experience
  • GPA of 3.0

For further information, please feel free to contact us at 270-745-4890.

Note: There is an Option 6, Alternate Route version of this program. Please contact the EALR Department for additional information. 

For certification information, see: Teacher Certification

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 Last Modified 3/15/22