Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning

Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program

Program Overview

For educators who have Master’s degrees in areas other than Educational Administration, the Center for Educational Leadership offers the Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program (ILP). This one-of-a-kind program is a fast track and convenient pathway to the principal’s licensefour semesters on select Saturdays and online!

  • Nationally accredited and Standards-based, aligned with the new Ohio Standards for Principals.
  • Accelerated Program Track: 11 courses (22 credit hours) in 16 months.
  • Cohort Model: cultivating professional learning networks.
  • Blended Learning: face-to-face meeting on the first Saturday of each course followed by online delivery.
  • Instructors are Scholar Practitioners: school leaders who are currently doing the leadership work.

Over 70% of CEL program graduates are hired into new jobs in administration and school leadership.

View and listen to our webinar for more information about this program or the Masters in Educational Leadership Cohort Track Program.

Visit our CEL Admissions Procedures page for application directions for the Inspired Leaders Program.

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Locations

The Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program currently begins new cohorts each semester across Northeast Ohio in the following locations:

  • Fall Semesters
    • Downtown Cleveland at CSU's Main Campus
    • Akron
  • Spring Semesters
    • Educational Service Center (ESC) of Northeast Ohio in Independence

Cohorts can be established in any school district or region and be customized to its needs and culture.

Admissions Requirements

To qualify, candidates must meet requirements:

  • A Master’s degree
  • Minimum G.P.A: 3.0
  • Two years of teaching experience under a valid teaching license, OR
  • Two years successful work experience in a school under a pupil service license, which would include individuals working as school counselors, psychologists, nurses, audiologists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, and orientation and mobility specialists.

For educators that do not yet have a master's degree, please visit our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Cohort Track Program page.

Course Sequence

Option 1: Fall Semester Start

SemesterCourseTitle
FallCEL 603Visionary Leadership
Fall CEL 600Leadership for 21st Century Schools
Fall CEL 606Making Global Connections Through Technology
SpringCEL 609Leading School Reform
SpringCEL 612Data Driven Decision Making
SpringCEL 615Raising Student Achievement
SummerCEL 627School Operations and Personnel Management
SummerCEL 624Leadership, Community, and Engagement
Fall CEL 621Education Policy and Practice
Fall CEL 630Capstone
Fall CEL 618Communicating Effectively
  Capstone Graduation & Presentations

Option 2: Spring Semester Start

SemesterCourseTitle
Spring CEL 603Visionary Leadership
Spring CEL 600Leadership for 21st Century Schools
Spring CEL 606Making Global Connections Through Technology
SummerCEL 609Leading School Reform
SummerCEL 624Leadership, Community, and Engagement
FallCEL 612Data Driven Decision Making
FallCEL 615Raising Student Achievement
FallCEL 627School Operations and Personnel Management
Spring CEL 621Education Policy and Practice
Spring CEL 630Capstone
Spring CEL 618Communicating Effectively
  Capstone Graduation & Presentations

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