M.Ed. Blended

Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure

Cleveland State University (CSU)

16 months
7710 USD/year
7710 USD/year
6810 USD/year
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For educators who have Master’s degrees in areas other than Educational Administration, the Center for Educational Leadership from Cleveland State University (CSU) offers the Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program (ILP).


This one-of-a-kind Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure program is a fast track and convenient pathway to the principal’s license: four semesters on select Saturdays and online at Cleveland State University (CSU) !


  • Nationally accredited and Standards-based, aligned with the new Ohio Standards for Principals.
  • Accelerated Program Track: 11 courses (22 credit hours) in 16 months.
  • Cohort Model: cultivating professional learning networks.
  • 100% Online Format with synchronous online course meetings on select Saturdays.
  • Instructors are Scholar Practitioners: school leaders who are currently doing the leadership work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Visionary Leadership
  • Leadership for 21st Century Schools
  • Making Global Connections Through Technology
  • Leading School Reform
  • Data Driven Decision Making
  • Raising Student Achievement
  • School Operations and Personnel Management
  • Leadership, Community, and Engagement

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 16 months

Start dates & application deadlines


22 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application with a $40 non-refundable application fee. Application fees cannot be waived or deferred. 
    • Transcripts of academic work and degree certificates from each college/university attended. All school records should be submitted in the original language and should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
    • Proof of having met at least one of the English language proficiency requirements. CSU offers students the following choices to prove English language proficiency
    • Successful completion of CSU's IELP (Intensive English Language Program) Advanced Level, with a grade of 80% or better
    • Graduated from a secondary school or accredited college/university in the US or from one of the TOEFL exempted countries.
    • Official score report of the GRE, GMAT, or MAT if required by your department. The academic program has the option of requiring additional test requirements from applicants. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3855 USD per semester during 16 months.
  • National

    7710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3855 USD per semester during 16 months.
  • In-State

    6810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3405 USD per semester during 16 months.

Living costs for Cleveland

980 - 1620 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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