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K-12 Principal License

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

In this time of severe financial strains, new learning patterns, and changes in the work force, schools are looking for leaders who are not only competent, but also inspirational. At Bethel, we prepare K-12 principals to be those inspirational 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 License

Our K-12 Principal License will equip, empower, and inspire you toward success in administrative, district-level leadership. The program is designed to allow you to experience the right blend of challenging work and personal support.

Delivery: Online

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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.

Convenient cohort approach

The license is offered through our cohort-based program completed over 3 years where students move through their courses with the same group of peers. All students also participate in an internship in their local area.


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

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