Indiana Wesleyan University's Principals Licensure Program (PLP) is a post-Master's, non-degree licensure program leading to Indiana's P-12 building-level administration license. It is designed for licensed teachers who have already completed a Master's degree, have at least three years of teaching experience and want to earn a principal license.

This 14-month 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 14 months.

The administrator’s license program is aligned to Indiana's Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) for building administrators and also aligned to the national Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards. 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 Indiana's building level administrator exam.

The accredited program may be completed as an onsite/online hybrid program at various regional education centers.


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 onsite participation for both onsite/online hybrid and online programs.


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.

The Department of Educational Administration has aligned all program and course outcomes to Indiana's REPA standards for the P-12 Building Administrator License. These standards include:

Standard 1: Human Capital Management
School building leaders use their role as human capital manager to drive improvements in teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Standard 2: Instructional Leadership
School building leaders are acutely focused on effective teaching and learning, possess a deep and comprehensive understanding of best instructional practices, and continuously promote activities that contribute to the academic success of all students.

Standard 3: Personal Behavior
School building leaders model personal behavior that sets the tone for all student and adult relationships in the school.

Standard 4: Building Relationships
School building leaders build relationships to ensure that all key stakeholders work effectively with each other to achieve transformative results.

Standard 5: Culture of Achievement
School building leaders develop a schoolwide culture of achievement aligned to the school's vision of success for every student.

Standard 6: Organizational, Operational, and Resource Management
School building leaders leverage organizational, operational, and resource management skills to support school improvement and achieve desired educational outcomes.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (312-263-0456 The professional education unit 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 other professional school personnel (e.g., principals). The Principal Licensure Program is approved by the Indiana Department of Education and is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC).

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

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