College of Education



The MA in Leadership with concentration in P-12 Education, Principal License, and Director of Special Education License programs 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. This curriculum has been developed on a foundation of research in the areas of leadership, management, schooling, curriculum, instructional practices, adult development, and technology. 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 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

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 (27 credits) or completing both licensure and the MA (36 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

Admissions-This is a rolling start program

Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1

Application Process

Application for admission to the MA in Leadership with concentration in P-12 Education, Principal License and Director of Special Education License programs begin 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. 
      • Provide copy of your teaching or professional license

    Background Check

    All applicants must submit a copy of their background check with their application. This is required because many school and clinical practicum and internship sites require the background check prior to accepting a student for field work. General Background Check for Admission All College of Education applicants must complete a general background check as part of the admissions requirements:

    • Go to website:
    • Click on “Individuals"
    • Pay $6.85
    • Print a copy of the background check and return it to the College of Education Student Resource Office as part of admissions materials (current CO School or agency employees who have already completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or background check results).

    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 be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.

    Principal License

    To be eligible for a Principal License from the Colorado Department of Education, candidates must:

    • Successfully complete all academic and field experience requirements for Principal License
    • Pass the Colorado Principal PLACE exam
    • Complete three semester hours of a field-based practicum (300 hours of field based work)

    Director of Special Education License

    To be eligible for the Director of Special Education License from the Colorado Department of Education, candidates must:

    • Successfully complete all academic and field experience requirements for Principal License
    • Hold a Master's degree in special education
    • Have a minimum of two years of experience working with students with disabilities

    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. 

    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 License Planning Schedule.