College of Education



The MA in Educational Leadership with concentration in P-12 Education and the Principal Licensure programs has 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. This curriculum has been developed on a foundation of research in the areas of leadership, management, schooling, curriculum, instructional practices, adult development, and technology. The program is accredited by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Educational Leadership Constituency Council (ELCC).

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 they integrate recommendations from research with an assessment of the needs of a school community and create a plan for student success. You will explore the political and social implications of schooling and the educational requirements of 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.

Warren Bennis has written that the primary goal of leadership is the creation of a human community held together by a common purpose. True leaders, he said, demonstrate a balance of competence, virtue, and vision. It is our mission to guide you in developing all three.

Programs and Credit Requirements

Please see the degree plan for the discipline you are interested for course requirements.

Degree/Credit HoursDegree Plan
Master of Arts in Leadership P-12 Only
(no licensure)-30 Credit Hours

>>MA Only Degree Plan

Principal Licensure Only-33 Credit Hours

>>Principal Licensure Only Degree Plan

Master of Arts in Leadership and Principal Licensure-42 Credit Hours

>>MA + Principal Licensure Degree Plan

Online Program

All programs listed above are available fully online. The online program is designed to:

  • Allow students the option of completing coursework for licensure only (33 credits) or completing both licensure and the MA (42 credits).
  • Address the needs of adult learners by offering classes in an online environment, in which courses are divided into modules to allow learners to continue their educational goals without the physical restrictions of a traditional classroom setting.
  • Create a rich community of learners by progressing through the online program as a cohort.
  • Provide opportunities for motivated educators who want to advance their education and career opportunities without disrupting their full-time jobs and volunteer commitments.
  • Accommodate working adults by offering online classes that are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Assist educators in rural areas who have limited or no access to the UCCS campus.

Student Handbook

Application Process

Application for admission to the MA in Educational Leadership with concentration in P-12 Education and the Principal Licensure programs begins with completion of the online Graduate application found at:  The online application and all additional materials mentioned below must be completed and uploaded into your application.

1) Within the online application, you will need to:

    • Pay the $60.00 application fee, International student application fee is $100.00
    • Upload your career goal statement(as described below)
    • Upload your curriculum vitae or professional résumé
    • Complete and upload the Tuition Classification form
    • Email of three references in the spaces provided in the online application - One reference should be a former instructor, one should be a current supervisor, and one should be a professional colleague. These individuals should be in a position to give feedback regarding your ability to be successful in the program. 

2) Official transcripts: Domestic students: Your final step will be to have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent directly to the: Office of Admissions & Records University of Colorado Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733

*Additional items of note for International applicants:

      • All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes)
      • English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 575‐(paper‐based) or 90‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 280 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Please contact the UCCS Office of International Affairs at: or call: 1‐719-255‐7218 to make arrangements to take the ACT/COMPASS® at UCCS.


To be eligible for licensure, candidates must:

        • Successfully complete all academic and field experience requirements
        • Pass the appropriate Colorado PLACE exam
        • Complete three semester hours of a field-based practicum

For information regarding the Colorado State PLACE licensing exam, contact the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators.

PLACE booklets are on reserve at the Kraemer Family Library.
UCCS College of Education is committed to offering programs that meet strict accreditation standards. All the UCCS College of Education programs are fully accredited and carry the same accreditation for our online programs.

Student Ethics

Students are expected to adhere to the highest codes of personal and professional ethics, as set forth by the Honor Code of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, which appears each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Students who do not meet these standards may be dismissed from the Graduate School by the Graduate Dean upon recommendation of the chair of the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF).

Course Rotations

For a complete listing of course rotation, both campus-based and online-based, view the MA in Leadership Plus Principal Licensure Planning Form.