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


Online with Intensives

You'll complete coursework online, with 1 week of on-campus intensives each year.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019

*We have opportunities to start throughout the year. Please contact your Enrollment Counselor for more information.

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

2 years


  • Historical, Cultural, and Philosophical Issues Impacting School Administration (EDUC800)

    Historical, cultural, and philosophical roots and trends that have contributed to educational practices today. Current and emerging roles of educational leaders in the establishment of policy and practice, both in the school and the community at large. Current prevailing cultural and philosophical "drivers" in students' educational settings.

    3 credits

  • Principles of Organizational Leadership (EDUC805)

    Application of theory and practice of leadership to educational settings. Implementation of organizational leadership theories and change theory while incorporating a values-informed worldview. Synthesis of philosophical and values anchors, shared priorities and commitments, and vision through policy and program development.

    3 credits

  • Curriculum and Instructional Management and Student Development (EDUC810)

    Application of issues and trends in curriculum and instruction. Development of an effective curricular and instructional plan for your organization. Analysis of district-wide literacy initiatives and the leading of school-wide literacy efforts. Understanding of the importance of professional development in the areas of curriculum and instruction. Identification of research and best practices on integrating curriculum, technology, and relevant resources. Development of knowledge and skills needed to be an effective curriculum and instructional leader.

    3 credits

  • Technology in K-12 Education (EDUC815)

    Importance of technology in administrative and academic affairs. Computing competence for administrative functions and educational leadership. Administrative and academic computing applications and systems, district-wide networking, budgeting, and legal/moral issues to guide district policy. Hands-on experience, visiting prototype programs, and viewing students' work environments. Designing and conducting system-wide technology audits.

    3 credits

  • Leading in a Complex and Pluralistic Society (EDUC825)

    Identification and analysis of cultural identities and the role of culture in the formation of worldview. Cultural distinctions of subgroups and adapting educational programming to diverse stakeholders. Assessment and planning for a positive environment for students and staff members.

    3 credits

  • Administration of Essential Educational Programs (EDUC830)

    Audit of schools essential programs. Examination of valuable educational practices that successfully address the needs of students and staff. Development of specific plans for school environment that consists of student engagement, attention to safety, relationships, and creating a learning atmosphere where students and staff thrive. Application of a personal belief system and exploration of best practices.

    3 credits

  • Measurement and Assessment (EDUC835)

    Concepts and skills involved in employing descriptive statistics. Exploration of principles and practices involved in educational institutions assessment processes including their uses, misuses, and limitations. Investigation and discussion of ethical issues in assessment, factors that influence test performance, and issues found in current scholarly research.

    3 credits

  • Operations and Personnel Administration (EDUC840)

    Application of personal and organizational management skills. Synthesis of school/district mission and vision in systemic planning. Development of communication to foster public relations and address organizational politics. Synthesis of the relationship between leadership and conflict management. Analysis of the factors of school cultures. Integration of faith/worldview and core values with leadership strategies.

    3 credits

  • Administrators as Agents of Change (EDUC855)

    Development of visionary leadership capacity and skill for designing and sustaining meaningful educational change. Analysis of current trends in our world while considering their impact on education. Identification of a complex change initiative in context/setting and development of strategies for implementing signicant change.

    3 credits

  • Legal Issues in School Administration (EDUC860)

    Legal foundations of educational policy, statutory themes, and case law as they affect the needs of school administrators in daily responsibilities and practices. Legal basis for relationships among school districts and federal, state, and local government. Processes of dealing with legal issues and risks faced by academic institutions and administrators, including current issues in students work environments.

    3 credits

  • Resource Management in K-12 Education (EDUC865)

    Sources and expenditure of fiscal and other resources in education. Development of competencies include school board/administration resource planning and prioritizing, budgeting, and resource allocation and management. Analysis and critique of the structure and implementation of a district's budget.

    3 credits

  • Principal Internship (EDUC886)

    School-based experience of at least 320 hours in one year. 240 hours at one setting and 40 hours at each of the other two levels. Joint supervision of Bethel faculty member and onsite licensed and practicing principal. May be paid or unpaid. Direct experience in administrative duties and synthesis of learning between academic program and administrative needs of host district.

    3 credits

How is the License Awarded?

The K-12 Principal License is awarded through the Minnesota Board of School Administrators after completing all required steps, including:

  • K-12 Principal Internship: A paid or unpaid school-based experience of at least 320 hours to be completed over 12 continuous months. Students are placed in their local area.
  • Electronic Portfolio: A portfolio demonstrating skills learned throughout the program through audio, video, and other forms of electronic documentation.
  • License Review Panel: A panel of practicing administrators and program directors reviews each student based on their portfolio, a presentation, and a question and answer session with the panel. A license application process is initiated for students who meet the standards. Students who do not meet the standards will work with their onsite mentor and advisor to reinforce skills that need improvement.

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