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Principalship, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #753 (BCR) , OH,
The College of Education's Principalship program prepares candidates for Ohio state principalship licensure through a master's degree and post-master's component.


This rigorous program prepares candidates to meet national standards for educational administration. These standards, based on the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), are currently used by Ohio (and over 30 other states) to evaluate educational administrators. A valid teaching license is required for admission.

In 2009, The University of Akron’s programs in educational administration were nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) because of the effective ways standards are incorporated into our educational administration programs. 

Course work reviews and prepares candidates in the knowledge, disposition and performance in six areas:

  • visionary leadership,
  • school culture and instructional leadership,
  • school management and organizational leadership,
  • community collaboration and leadership,
  • ethical leadership, and
  • political and legal leadership.


UA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. In addition to university-wide accreditation, schools, departments and individual academic programs may earn accreditation.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Philosophies of Education
  • Psychology of Instruction for Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Psychology
  • Techniques of Research
  • Organizational Leadership
  • School Contexts and Community Involvement
  • School Law
  • Supervision of Instruction

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Applications to the master's degree program in Principalship are accepted on a rolling basis for fall admission.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • The Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership requires no supplemental materials in addition to submission of the graduate application and official transcripts for admission to the master's degree program in Principalship. 
  • A valid teaching license is required for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    748 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 748 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    748 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 748 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 442 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Akron

  • 890 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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