May 24, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Principal Preparation Program - Non-Degree

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Principal Preparation Program - ND6229 (Athens), ND5027 (regional)

Department of Educational Studies
McCracken Hall
100 East Union Street
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus/Hybrid; Chillicothe & Southern Campus/Hybrid; Pickerington/Hybrid

Term of Entry: Summer

Endorsement Overview

Through a balanced approach of on-line and in-class instruction, the program offers course work and internships required for obtaining a master’s degree in Educational Leadership  and/or an Ohio principal’s license. Students may choose to pursue only the license or only the master’s degree or they can pursue both the degree and license. The Principal Preparation Program is Nationally Recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), which is a premier accreditation organization for Educational Leadership Programs. 

Typically, two or three cohorts of the Principal Preparation Program operate concurrently. They include (1) an Athens Campus Cohort, (2) a Chillicothe/Southern Campus Cohort, and (3) a Pickerington Cohort. The program involves two calendar years of studies. For this reason, studies with a cohort will be offered on a rotating basis. Chillicothe/Southern and Pickerington every other year in even-numbered years and Athens every other year in odd-numbered years. Each of the cohorts meets for a total of 9 times on Saturdays between September and May (i.e., during the school year). During the summer, each of the cohorts typically meets two times per-week for between 5 and 8 weeks.

Two full-year internships are included as part of the program. The master’s degree portion of the program can be completed by the end of the second summer of study. An additional academic year (fall and spring) is required to complete the balance of the licensure coursework.

Opportunities upon Completion

The program provides its students with an opportunity to become knowledgeable in a substantive manner about the operation of a school. Program graduates tend to do exceptionally well on the required Ohio Licensure Test, to be employed as administrators based upon the strong reputation of the program, and to be successful once they become administrators.

Further Information

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Admission Requirements

  • A 2.9 GPA in the undergraduate course work of a bachelor’s degree, a 3.25 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester hours of a bachelor’s degree, or a 3.5 GPA in the coursework comprising a master’s degree.  Undergraduate course work taken after the obtainment of a bachelor’s degree is not included in these calculations.
  • An applicant, whose GPA is below the levels stated above, can be considered by taking and reporting the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). See for details. A combined score of 300 is preferred.
  • Non-native speakers of English must submit an iBT or IELTS score. An iBT score of at least 80 or an IELTS score of at least 6.5 is preferred.
  • Three recommendations on organizational letterhead of the individual making the recommendation. 
  • An autobiography focused upon the professional career and objectives of the applicant. The autobiography should be double spaced and approximately four pages in length.
  • A curriculum vita or a resume is preferred; however not required.
  • For those individuals who have completed a master’s degree at Ohio University, a completed online application and statement of purpose form are all that is needed for the application.

Completion Requirements

Complete a minimum of 52 credit hours as follows:

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