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K-12 Principal License

A K-12 Principal License is about more than leadership. It’s about a connection with students, educators, families, and community members.

In this time of financial stress, increasing student diversity, and high accountability, schools are looking for leaders who are relational, competent, trustworthy, and adaptable. At Bethel, we prepare K-12 principals to be transformational leaders. Through an ethics-based approach, we develop educators both professionally and personally for meaningful service in their communities.

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K-12 Principal | K-12 Principal License | Bethel University

In our K-12 Principal License program, you will be equipped, empowered, and inspired toward success in administrative leadership. The program is designed to provide you with the right blend of challenging work and personal support.

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 36
Tuition per Credit $780
Estimated Total Tuition $28,080*

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Program Highlights

High program success rate

With a program retention rate of 97%, our students find that they can continue to serve as administrators or teachers while earning their license.

Two-track license option

You can choose to earn just your K-12 principal license or earn your license as part of completing Bethel's Doctor of Education program.

Additional requirement assistance

If you don’t have the required 3 years of teaching experience, you can add a teaching internship to meet the requirement.


Many of our doctoral students work full time, have families, and are involved in their community while in graduate school. Our program is delivered primarily online with a yearly one-week residency with flexible options, which allows you to add coursework to your other responsibilities in ways that make sense for you.


Bethel’s K-12 Principal License is designed to prepare you to meet the requirements for licensure and equip you to become a leader in the field.


Learn how to:

  • Apply your unique leadership traits
  • Manage and communicate with the organization
  • Engage with policy, law, political influence, and governance Build community relations
  • Engage with human resource management
  • Organize safety and security
  • Implement positive values and ethics leadership