Indiana Wesleyan University’s Principal Licensure Program (PLP) is a post-master’s, non-degree licensure program leading to Ohio’s principal license (PK-6, 4-9, or 5-12). It is designed for licensed teachers who have already completed a master’s degree and have at least two years of teaching experience. The program identifies outcomes and expectations based on current school leadership principles and practices and enables interns to engage in inquiry, research, dialogue, team learning, reflection, problem-based learning, collaboration, and standards-based assessment from a comprehensive P – 12 perspective. The program may be completed in 16 months. 

The program is aligned to Ohio Standards for Principals as well as standards for Teachers, Professional Development, Value-Added Dimension, Dyslexia Awareness, the Ohio Operating Standards, and the Ohio Improvement Process. National Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards provide a guiding focus for the program. Candidates will develop and demonstrate proficiency through a variety of field experience activities and performance assessments. The culminating Applied Principal’s Portfolio reflects a standards-based emphasis and will prepare candidates to pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators in Educational Leadership. 

The program may be completed online or as an onsite/online hybrid program at various regional education centers in Ohio. The program curriculum is 18 credit hours, including an internship experience to be completed in a P – 12 public or nonpublic school setting. The internship requires some onsite participation (e.g., classroom observations, building leader interviews, attendance at some building and district meetings, etc.).


The Principal as World Changer model is unique to Indiana Wesleyan University, a Christian university. This model places an emphasis on the participant's impact in the areas of human capital management; instructional leadership focused on effective teaching and learning; personal behavior; building relationships with all stakeholders; developing and maintaining a culture of achievement; and organizational, operational, and resource management.


The Principal Licensure Program provides a clinical and school-based adult learning experience for aspiring school leaders by encouraging, empowering, and equipping them as visionary servant-leaders who model Christ-likeness. They must be able to facilitate a culture of optimal social, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being; continual improvement; and successful learning for all students and adults.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities,www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

The Master of Education program at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036 (202-466-7496), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education.

If you’re considering administrative license programs in Indiana or Ohio, feel free to contact us at  866-498-4968 for more information about this and other adult education programs at IWU. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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