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Leadership and Advanced License Programs, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CO,
The MA in Leadership and Advanced License Programs (Principal License, Special Education Director License, and Administrator/Superintendent License) have been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders who can transform schools into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. 


The curriculum has been developed on a foundation of research in the areas of strategic leadership, instructional leadership, cultural and equity leadership, human resource leadership, managerial leadership, external development leadership, and student learning management. These programs satisfy accreditation requirements of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

As an active participant in these programs you will develop as a leader through an expanded self-knowledge and worldview. You will develop school management competencies and leadership strategies. You will learn how to guide an educational team as you integrate research based instructional and leadership practices to support the needs of a school community to create a plan for student success. You will explore the political and social implications of schooling and the educational requirements of contributing to a diverse, democratic, multicultural society. You will discover how technology can be utilized to enhance management and communication. You will acquire the confidence necessary to ignite and inspire others. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Practicum in School Leadership
  • Social Foundations of Educational Trends Summer Each 
  • Introduction to Research and Statistics 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Review your program of interest's requirements.
  • Review the UCCS ESL proficiency requirements.
  • Submit your Official Transcripts.
  • Contact the UCCS International Affairs Office for information on English intensive courses and applying for a visa
  • Submit a $100 non-refundable application fee through the online application if you are applying to spring or summer 2019 terms. (Submit a $60 non-refundable application fee through the online application if you are applying to fall 2019 term.)
  • Mandatory International Student Health Insurance

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1313 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1313 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1313 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1313 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Colorado Springs

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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