Indiana Wesleyan University’s Principal Licensure Program (PLP) is a post-master’s, non-degree licensure program leading to a building level administrator’s license in the states of Indiana and Ohio. 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 15-16 months depending on start date.

The program is aligned to appropriate and required state standards for building administrators/principals 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 program may be completed online or as an onsite/online hybrid program at various regional education centers in Indiana or Ohio as well as online. 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 Conceptual Model

The Principal as World Changer model is unique to Indiana Wesleyan 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.

Mission and Objectives

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 Christlikeness. 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.

Program Objectives

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. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities,,  202-546-8713.

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

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

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Last updated: 02/09/2017