Endorsement Prep Program, Educational Leadership
Our online endorsement in education leadership program is a great way for those with master’s degrees to become a principal, vice principal, or associate principal. This program is designed for currently licensed teachers who desire to become licensed as a school principal. You will become a highly effective, instruction-based, certified principal.
The Endorsement Preparation Program in Educational Leadership prepares a student to receive the Principal license in the state of Texas. A graduate of a WGU Educational Leadership program wishing to obtain a Texas Principal license should first apply for a Residency Administrator license in Washington. Click here for additional details about Texas licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Experienced, licensed classroom teachers with master’s degrees who are interested in becoming school principals, vice principals, or associate principals.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our online educational leadership program with significant input from experts and leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. You’ll become an expert in all areas of study required to earn your Educational Leadership Endorsement. The program requires a total of 37 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour.
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Governance, Finance, Law, and Leadership
Performance Excellence Criteria
Student, Stakeholder, and Market Focus
Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management
Comprehensive Educational Leadership Integration
You will also complete a comprehensive objective proctored assessment in Educational Leadership theory and practices, including administrative theory, school law, school finance, curriculum development and implementation, personnel management, public relations, and technology. You will be required to pass the Comprehensive Educational Leadership Integration objective assessment.
Educational Leadership Practicum
The degree program culminates with a six-month practicum program during which you simultaneously complete an action research project by proposing school-wide improvement initiatives aligned with Baldrige quality standards while completing school administrative and leadership tasks under the direction and leadership of a practicing K–12 school principal at your case study school site. You will be able to demonstrate to prospective employers your ability to propose, lead, and manage school improvement initiatives for excellence based on quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Candidates begin the practicum upon the successful completion of all prior assessments in the program. (Note: For students in Washington, Texas, Ohio, California, Arkansas, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming the practicum is completed over the course of a full school year.)