Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Nov 28, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Principal Licensure

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The principal licensure-only track was created for experienced teachers who are seeking a path to become a licensed school principal without completing a graduate degree. This program will prepare candidates to obtain a Colorado principal’s license. This licensure program is designed to enhance expertise in governance, finance, law, leadership, and strategic planning. Candidates will learn to lead teachers, develop and implement curriculum standards, and guide educators to meet established academic goals. Candidates will also learn how to manage budgets, establish proper security, and work more effectively with stakeholders.

Objectives of the Principal Licensure Program

The purpose of the principal endorsement is to prepare educational leaders for licensure and to help them gain the knowledge and ability to promote the success of teachers and students in the following ways:

  • Communicate a shared vision of learning supported by the school community.
  • Act with integrity and in a Christ-like manner.
  • Foster a positive school culture that capitalizes on the school’s diversity.
  • Ensure high quality curriculum, instruction and assessment practices to support learning for all students.
  • Develop and design data driven professional growth plans for effective educators and staff.
  • Maintain a safe and productive learning environment.
  • Collaborate with families and community members to positively impact student achievement.
  • Influence the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural environment of the school community.

Admission to the Principal Licensure Program

Admission to the Principal Licensure program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of professional disposition qualities. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her ability to contribute to the program. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form (including essay, transcripts, and fees).
  • Valid state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card or passport.
  • Minimum two years teaching experience; may be in a public, charter or private school. 
  • An official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Personal interview.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.

Academic Requirements

Students who earn a C- or lower in a graduate education course are required to repeat the course.

Time Limitation

All work applied toward the Principal Licensure program must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, a Principal Licensure student who has not completed the program requirements will be withdrawn from the program. Students who step out of the program for more than 365 days, or go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete the Principal Licensure program will be required to apply for readmission. If readmission is granted, additional coursework may be required. Students will be required to adhere to current academic policies, tuition, and fees.

Program Completion Requirements

  1. Completion of a total of 27 credit hours required in the program within four years of program admission and enrollment.
  2. A letter grade of C or better in each graduate education course and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the university’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU coursework.
  3. Completion of a License Completion Application.
  4. Recommendation by the CAGS School of Education Professions Dean for Principal Licensure by the Colorado Department of Education.
  5. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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