College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Licensure & Endorsements > Principal Endorsement
Today’s school principals are much more than administrators. They collaborate with staff and community stakeholders to implement reform and strive for equity-based excellence. Moreover, they are curricular leaders, working with staff to establish a supportive educational climate, improve instructional practices, and develop meaningful, challenging curricula.
The Principal endorsement program offers a powerful, discipline-based curriculum with a problem-solving orientation that prepares effective and principled decision-makers. It is designed for licensed teachers who already hold a master’s degree in education and are seeking Principal endorsement.
Graduates of this program are prepared to assume school and district administrative and supervisory roles.
Are you interested in enrolling in this program?View its admission requirements and application instructions here or contact the College of Education’s Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405.
The Principal Licensure program at DePaul University is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program; it leads to Principal licensure in the state of Illinois.
To accommodate working professionals, the Principal licensure program offers courses that meet on weeknights at DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, online, or a hybrid online and on-campus format (but students are restricted in the number of online classes they can take online per the Illinois State Board of Education’s requirements for programs that lead to Principal licensure.) In addition, the program’s schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.
The Principal Licensure program requires 11 courses (44 quarter hours) in Curriculum Studies and Administration and Supervision, as well as two internships (one in an elementary and one in a secondary school.)
This graduate certificate program is approved as a Gainful Employment Program through the U.S. Department of Education and is, therefore, eligible for Federal Student Aid. Disclosure Statements about occupations, on-time graduation rate, tuition and fees, and median loan debt for this program can be found at
To be eligible for the Principal Preparation licensure program, students must hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. They must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher at the undergraduate level and a 3.25 or higher at the graduate level. Students must also possess at least two years of fulltime successful teaching experience, hold a valid Illinois teaching license, and possess proof of passing the basic skills or test of academic proficiency. At the time of program completion, students must have at least 4 years of full-time, successful teaching experience to apply for licensure.
To apply, please submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:
Upon initial review, the process will include a required interview. Candidates will be expected to complete an on-site writing sample during the interview and submit a teaching portfolio.
The principal licensure program at DePaul University is an approved Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) program. It is a rigorous program preparing principals and assistant principals for work service in public and private schools in the state of Illinois.
This is a 44 quarter hour program, which leads to the State of Illinois’ principal licensure.
Specific requirements for entrance into the principal licensure program may be obtained from the office of graduate admissions or the LLC department office.
Individuals seeking the principal licensure must:
Upon successful completion of all principal licensure program requirements and any additional requirements, students must apply for their license. Students are to work with the College of Education's Licensure Officer when applying for the license.
Note: Courses in this program leading to the principal licensure are designed for practicing educators and are not open to students and any other program without the specific permission of the educational leadership program director.
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