Online Principal Licensure Preparation Program

When you decide to become a principal, you take the next step toward becoming an effective leader who can make a difference in your school. The University of Dayton online Principal Licensure Preparation Program is designed for professionals looking to become principals in Ohio, who have already earned a master’s degree and hold a valid teaching license

Attending a principal preparation program online allows you to continue working, gaining the teaching experience required to obtain licensure. After completing the program, you will be prepared to sit for the principal licensure exam and become a principal in public, private and parochial schools.

If you are interested in becoming a principal but have not yet earned your master’s degree, learn more about our online Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure program.


Housed in the School of Education and Health Sciences, the online Principal Licensure Preparation Program takes a holistic approach toward shaping principals who will understand all aspects of leadership and what it takes to run a school.

The program consists of 18 credits and can be completed in less than two years. You will participate in the following courses: 

  • Principalship
  • Assessment and Instruction for School Improvement
  • Staff Personnel
  • School Law
  • School Finance
  • Internship

Obtaining Principal Licensure

The Principal Licensure Preparation Program does not guarantee licensure, but it prepares you to sit for the licensure exam in Ohio. Certification requirements differ from state to state, and you may also be eligible for licensure in states other than Ohio. When enrolling in this program, it is imperative that you research the licensure requirements in the state in which you reside or intend to practice.

Take the Next Step

Prepare for Licensure and Become a Principal