College of Education2013-2014

Department of Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership - Principal K-12, Master of Education

This Master's degree is designed to prepare students to qualify to serve as school principals (K-12).

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Principal K-12?

The Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, Principal K-12 emphasis is designed to prepare students to qualify to serve as a school principal at the K-12 level.

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):

  • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, and <Course Error>

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Arizona Certification/Endorsement Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application required ( for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit .
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements:

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • Teaching certificate (standard or provisional)
    • Full SEI endorsement before completion of program
    • Program of study signed by applicant and advisor
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units:

    • <Course Error> (3 units)
    • Select one course from: <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (3 units)
    • <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error>, <Course Error> (24 units)
    • <Course Error> (3 units)
    • <Course Error> (3 units)
    You may only enroll in Principalship and Internship in the last year of your program of study. Note that separate internship application and deadlines apply.

    Students must have a valid Arizona teaching certificate (including either <Course Error> or <Course Error>) and 3 years of teaching experience before starting the internship.

    Students must apply for graduation the term before they expect to do an internship.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Campus Availability

Go to mobile site