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Graduate Programs|Department of Professional Studies

Principal Certificate

Domestic Students: GPA: 3.0 in Masters GRE: no requirement Deadline: Jan. 15 or Sept. 15 Apply!
International Students: GRE: 900/291 TOEFL: 550 written, 76 online Deadline: Jan. 15 or Sept. 15 Apply!

The Principal Certificate Program is an internship-based leadership program that leads to eligibility for endorsement as a K-12 principal by the state of Wyoming's Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB).

The program is designed for those who:

  • already have a closely related master's degree (this does not guarantee admission to this program) and appropriate educational experience,
  • seek endorsement to supplement a current UW master's degree in progress, or
  • wish to take courses in educational leadership as electives.

The program does not lead to a master's degree. To receive an endorsement as a principal also requires a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience. Those seeking a master's degree in educational leadership should apply to the Master's Degree Program offered by the department.  To be admitted to the Principal Certificate program, applicants must have at least 2 years of teaching experience.


Program Details

The Principal Certificate program requires students to successfully complete 21 credit hours. These 21 credit hours include 12 credits of educational leadership courses, a 3 credit Introduction to Research course, and 6 credits of internship. After completing the program and presenting their Professional Portfolio, students will be eligible for a principal's endorsement through PTSB and a UW Principal's Certificate.

Focusing on our mission to develop effective principals, the program includes four core courses currently offered in two locations in the state, Casper and Rock Springs. The four core courses are scheduled for three weekends, usually Friday night and Saturday, and may include video conferencing or online components. Please see course schedule. We offer a completely online UW principal certificate program. Please note, out of state students should check with their state PTSB to ensure the program meets eligibility requirements for principal certification in their own state.

    >>Click here to review the required course list

    >>Click here for the course schedule

    >>Click here to learn more about the principal internship

    >> ***NEW*** Click here to view the Principal Certificate Student Handbook


Tuition and Fees

The University of Wyoming was ranked 11th in the nation for best value!

Resident Tuition Non-Resident Tuition
Outreach Courses      Campus Courses Outreach Courses      Campus Courses
$210/credit                  $210/credit $294/credit                  $629/credit

All courses for the Principal Certificate program are offered only through Outreach.
Additional outreach course fees: $20/credit for video or audio classes; $40/credit for online classes.

Please BE ADVISED that tuition for Outreach courses will be increasing. See link for details.

    >>Click here to learn more about funding opportunities

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How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the Principal Certificate program, an applicant must have met the GPA requirement (3.0 in Master of Arts/Science degree program). In addition, applicants must have a minimum of 2 years teaching experience and demonstrated potential for leadership at the school level.There are two application deadlines for this program: January 15 and September 15.

Step 1: Apply to UW and Professional Studies through the online applicant portal

  1. Click here to access the UW graduate applicant portal
  2. After completing the initial information page, you will receive an email from the system including a link and your temporary username and password
  3. Please complete the contact, academic, residency information, etc.
  4. Submit the $50 application fee
  5. Submit ALL required documents to the online document portal (applications with missing documents will not be considered)
    • The following are required documents for this program application:
      • Unofficial copies of transcripts (official copies should be sent to UW Admissions)
      • Copy of current teaching certificate
      • A completed principal program application
      • A superintendent approval form signed by the superintendent of the district where you plan to perform your internship (scan and upload)
      • A letter of intent describing career goals related to school leadership
      • Current recommendation letters addressing leadership skills from three different referees (the portal will send a request to each of them after you enter their email addresses):
        • two from referees who are familiar with your leadership skills
        • current principal
      • A current resume
  6. Agree to admissions terms and submit your application


Step 2: Submit official copies of transcripts to UW Admissions

Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions should be requested and sent to UW Admissions: University of Wyoming Admissions – 1000 E. University Ave. – Laramie, WY 82071

Applications are reviewed and recommendations for admittance are made approximately one month after the application deadline.

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