|Domestic Students:||GPA: 3.0 in Masters||GRE: no requirement||
Jan. 15 & Sept. 15
|International Students:||GRE: 900/291 min||
TOEFL: 550 min written or 80 min online, OR
IELTS : 6.5 min overall score
Jan. 15 & Sept. 15
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:
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.
International Students: Welcome and thank you for your interest in our program! Either a TOEFL score or an ITELTS score is acceptable. We require a minimum score of 80 for the online TOEFL exam, with minimum scores of 20 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current. For the IELTS exam, we require a minimum overall score of 6.5, with minimum scores of 6 in each subset, and the score must be at least two years current.
The Principal Certificate program requires students to successfully complete 24 credit hours. These 24 credit hours include 15 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 offers a flexible delivery. The core courses are offered both in Casper (weekends - usually Friday evening and Saturday) and online. The internship is offered online and the research methods courses is offered on-campus and online. Please see course schedule. Please note, out of state students should check with their state standards board to ensure the program meets eligibility requirements for principal certification in their own state.
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Note: 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 refer to the Outreach Tuition & Fees page for details.
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. Successful applicants for the University of Wyoming graduate programs in Educational Leadership typically have strong references, documented evidence of potential for academic excellence, and focused career goals that align with the administrative and leadership content of our programs. Preference will be given to applicants who not only possess the required academic abilities to handle the theoretical and practical aspects of graduate work but who also have the potential to provide strong leadership at the building level. Finally, successful applicants are those who show thoughtfulness and attention to detail throughout the entire application process.
There are two application deadlines for this program: January 15 (applying for Fall semester program admittance), and September 15 (applying for Spring semester program admittance).
Step 1: Apply to UW and Professional Studies through the online applicant portal
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.