Degree Overview

Endorsement Prep Program, Educational Leadership

Our online endorsement in education leadership program is a great way for those with master’s degrees to become a principal, vice principal, or associate principal. This program is designed for currently licensed teachers who desire to become licensed as a school principal. You will become a highly effective, instruction-based, certified principal.

Who the Program Is For:

  • Experienced, licensed classroom teachers with master’s degrees who are interested in becoming school principals, vice principals, or associate principals.
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

IMPORTANT: This program is not available as an option in the following states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.

What You'll Learn

Essential Knowledge and Skills

You’ll become an expert in all areas of study required to earn your Educational Leadership Endorsement Prep degree. The program requires a total of 37 Competency Units (CUs), which are WGU credit equivalents.

Key Subject Areas

These Courses Add to Your Credentials

  • Governance, Finance, Law, and Leadership
  • Performance Excellence Criteria
  • Process Management
  • Student, Stakeholder, and Market Focus
  • Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management
  • Workforce Focus
  • Strategic Planning

Comprehensive Educational Leadership Integration:

You will also complete a comprehensive objective proctored assessment in Educational Leadership theory and practices, including administrative theory, school law, school finance, curriculum development and implementation, personnel management, public relations, and technology. You will be required to pass the Comprehensive Educational Leadership Integration objective assessment.

Educational Leadership Practicum:

The degree program culminates with a six-month practicum program during which you simultaneously complete an action research project by proposing school-wide improvement initiatives aligned with Baldrige quality standards while completing school administrative and leadership tasks under the direction and leadership of a practicing K–12 school principal at your case study school site. You will be able to demonstrate to prospective employers your ability to propose, lead, and manage school improvement initiatives for excellence based on quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Candidates begin the practicum upon the successful completion of all prior assessments in the program.

How It Works

A Degree Program That Fits Your Schedule

WGU is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education: you choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.

Online learning is not easy.

You should expect to work hard and spend 20 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around.

How Long Will It Take?

It Depends On You

WGU’s competency-based approach results in degree completion times that can vary from student to student. The standard time to complete the educational leadership degree is 12-18 months.

Many students proceed faster than the normal pace designed into each program. The time in which you complete your WGU program depends upon how quickly you are able to take and pass the required assessments. Successful students who commit at least 15 hours per week to their studies are often able to complete their degrees more quickly. Although WGU degree programs are challenging and rigorous, our faculty is available to help students who are motivated to achieve their goals. It’s your degree and your time: Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.

It’s your program. It’s up to you. Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.

"Whether you're looking for a career change with your bachelor's degree or continuing your education with a master's degree, WGU's Teacher College is a quality choice." Mrs. Karen Pence,
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How Competency-Based Education Benefits You

Put Your Existing Knowledge to Work

Western Governors University was the first university in the country to employ a cutting edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.

In WGU’s online degree programs, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You’ll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.

  • You’ll work with your assigned Faculty Mentor on a personalized Degree Plan that establishes the pace at which you move through the program.
  • With few exceptions, you’ll be able to choose when and where you study.
  • You’ll complete as much work as YOU choose during each six-month term.
  • You’ll collaborate with your Faculty Mentor to determine the learning resources that will help you develop and demonstrate your competency in each subject area.
  • You’ll be required to complete at least 12 CUs per term for bachelor's degree programs and 8 CUs per term for graduate degree programs in order to make On Time Progress. If you choose to and are able, you can add courses and move more quickly through your program.

How Much Will It Cost?

Less Than You Think

We're committed to keeping tuition low and making sure our online education degree programs remain the very best value for hardworking students. WGU doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. In fact, we haven’t increased tuition since 2008. And because we charge tuition at a flat rate each term, if you complete coursework ahead of schedule, you can save yourself money as well as time.

Cost of Earning a Degree

You’ll pay the same low tuition each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete. If you accelerate your degree program, you’ll pay less for your degree.

Tuition and Fees

For this program, a full-time course load is 12 competency units per term. Because we allow you to complete extra courses at no extra cost, you may be able to increase the value of your program by dedicating extra time to your studies.

  • $2,890: Tuition per 6-Month Term
  • $145: Resource Fee per 6-Month Term
  • $65: Application Fee (one-time)
  • $1,000: Practicum Fee (one-time) will be charged during the final term to cover expenses associated with the in-school practicum.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

You pay for time—not credits

  • No matter how many courses you complete each term, your tuition stays the same.
  • The more courses you complete each term, the fewer terms you have until graduation.
  • Our competency-based model gives you the opportunity to accelerate your progress.
  • If you complete your program ahead of schedule, you'll save both time and money.

Financial Aid

You Can Afford to Earn a Degree

WGU’s financial aid experts are on hand to help you finance your education in the smartest way possible. 76% of WGU students receive some type of financial aid.

Federal Financial Aid is available to most students.

Respected, Recognized, and Accredited

Same Accreditation as State Universities and Private Colleges

Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major universities in the West, including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, and the University of Utah, among many others. Learn more about accreditation here.

Western Governors University was the first exclusively online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU has Teachers College graduates working in all 50 states, and has been recognized by the White House as an example of what works in postsecondary education.

The NCATE accrediting team extensively reviewed the entire WGU Teachers College curriculum to ensure that “candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.” This involved intensive interviews with students, faculty, graduates, school district personnel, and education experts, as well as a review of WGU student performance on national performance exams.

An online teaching degree from WGU tells employers that you're serious about success.

Take the next step into a prosperous future.

WGU Graduates Succeed

Become a Success Story

Our latest survey of leading employers speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:

99%of employers agreed that WGU graduates meet or exceed their expectations.

92%

of employers said WGU grads exceed expectations.

94%

of employers rated WGU graduates’ job performance as good as or better than the job performance of graduates from other institutions.

96%

of employers consider WGU graduates prepared for their jobs.

93%

of employers rate the "soft skills" of WGU grads as equal to or better than graduates from other institutions.

Note: 2014 Survey of 300 Employers by Harris Poll

You can learn more about how employers view WGU grads by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.

"The big draw was the fact that it was online. I could work at my own pace." James Dye, WGU Alumnus

How a Course Works

Prove What You Know and Move Forward

You set your own pace by demonstrating your skills. In the online degree programs at WGU, you'll advance through each course by first mastering the course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in each subject area.

These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn Competency Units (CUs), or credit equivalents.

WGU sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master the subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.

Get Started

Enrollment is easy. View our Enrollment Checklist for the seven easy steps to getting started.

To be admitted into this program, you need to submit official transcripts verifying receipt of both a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) and master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You are also required to possess a current, valid teaching license and have a minimum of three years of recent and successful classroom teaching experience or other successful leadership experience as a certificated educator.

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Should I consider financial aid?

Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.

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