Educational Specialist DegreeEd.S. - Principal Licensure (K-12)

This Educational Specialist degree (post graduate) is for experienced educators with at least three years of teaching experience who currently hold a Master’s degree and a valid Minnesota teaching license who wish to become licensed as a principal in the state of Minnesota. Note: An alternative path is available for non-licensed teachers.

This program leads to principal and superintendent credentials and compiles with all of the Minnesota Board of School Administrators requirements for such licensure.

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Ed.S. - Principal Licensure (K-12) Curriculum Overview

This program is for experienced educators with at least three years of teaching experience who currently hold a Master’s degree and a valid MN teaching license and who wish to become licensed as a principal or superintendent in the state of Minnesota while earning a post-graduate degree. Note: An alternative path is available for non-licensed teachers.

Requirements

  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue an Educational Specialist degree or licensure at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in completing your program.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.
  5. Submit 2 letters of recommendation. Letters should come from 1) a direct supervisor, and 2) a professional in the field of education or colleague.
  6. Interview with Ed.S. Faculty. Once all application materials have been submitted, Concordia University – St. Paul Admissions will contact you to schedule an interview with our Faculty Chair and Director of Credentialing.

*A two-day on campus orientation is required prior to the start of classes.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Career Potential

At completion of the program you will earn an Educational Specialist degree and be eligible for licensure in the state of Minnesota as a K-12 principal or superintendent.

  • Principal (K-12)