Earning Your Principal License at Kent State
There are two principal licenses, for grades PK–9 and grades 4–12. The master's degree is required as a subset of the requirements for the Principal License. The license requires the master's degree plus an additional 9 hours of course work in Educational Administration.
These licenses are intended for those who plan to serve the educational system as leader of a public or private school. Two years of successful teaching under a professional teaching license at the age level for which the principal license is sought is required by the State of Ohio.
Upon completion of the coursework for the principal license, candidates are required to take the Ohio Educational Leadership Assessment* by the Ohio Assessments for Educators. All principal and administrative specialist candidates take the same assessment. Please allow 3-4 weeks for the scores to arrive at Kent.
*Please note: Beginning September 1, 2013, the Ohio Assessments for Educators will begin to replace the Praxis II series as the required Ohio educator licensure assessments.
The Educational Leadership Assessment is a computer-based assessment with 70 multiple-choice questions, 3 constructed-response assignments, and 1 case study written assignment. The Assessment is 225 minutes long and a passing score is 220.
Following a successful entry year experience, the principal license will be added to a valid professional teacher license.
Types of Principal Licenses
Principal PK through 9 - Prospectus
Principal 4 through 12 - Prospectus
To begin taking coursework in the Educational Administration program, your first step is to become a Kent State University graduate student. Learn more about the different application options.
- If you are interested in licensure only, apply as a non-degree student.
- If you are interested in earning a license along with a degree, apply for your desired degree.