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Online Master of Education in Ohio Principal Licensure

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Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Ohio Principal Licensure

The Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Ohio principal licensure program at the University of Mount Union prepares administrative leaders for prolific careers. Administrators in P–12 educational settings are in need of meaningful leadership that is critical to the success of their schools, students, and teaching professionals. These leaders are responsible for cultivating professional development in those leading and teaching in the classroom and supporting their continued growth.

Those graduating with an M.Ed. in Ohio principal licensure may meet Ohio’s master’s degree and principal preparation program requirements to sit for the Ohio Assessment for Educators Licensure Exam and earn the Ohio Principal's License (PK-6, 4-9 and 5-12.) 

While this degree is designed for Ohio educators seeking an Ohio principal’s license, the program may also fulfill educational requirements in other states.  For a complete list of individual U.S. states and territories and the determinations we have made regarding our program meeting educational requirements for licensure, please follow the State-by-State Determinations link within the Education tab on Mount Union’s Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage.  If your permanent home address is located in a ‘does not meet’ or ‘no determination’ state or territory, please contact Dr. Mandy Capel prior to enrollment in the M.Ed. in Ohio Principal Licensure.



Career Paths for Ohio Principal Licensure Degree Graduates

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Ohio principal licensure program are eligible to take the Ohio Assessment for Educators Licensure Exam and earn the Ohio Principal's License (PK-6, 4-9 and 5-12.) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow eight percent from 2016 to 2026, and the median annual wage for school principals was $95,310 in May 2018.

M.Ed. in Ohio principal licensure graduates work in a wide range of positions:

  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Instructional Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Dean of Students
  • Head of School
  • Central Office Curriculum Specialist
  • Credit Hours


    Structured for two, seven-week classes per term for six semesters, this M.Ed. is 36 total credit hours.

  • Cost per credit hour


    The 2023-2024 cost per credit hour for the M.Ed. in Ohio principal licensure is $610. (discounts available)

  • Starts


    The M.Ed. in Ohio principal licensure can be started in the fall, spring, or summer term.

Courses in Ohio Principal Licensure

Students in the M.Ed. in Ohio principal licensure program study the dimensions and influences of leadership in schools.


Using Data for School Improvement: This course focuses on using data as a tool to enhance decision-making processes. It provides school leaders with the knowledge and skills to analyze state, district, and local data for use in planning systemic school improvement.

School Supervision, Evaluation, and Professional Development: This course explores the various processes of building professional capacity by which educational leaders and mentors promote instructional improvement, growth, and professional development conducive to student learning.

Principal Internship II: This is the second of a two-course sequence where interns engage in active participation as an educational leader alongside a mentor/administrator. Interns continue to work on an approved internship project designed to improve education in a school, engage in data analysis, report on the project successes and challenges, and reflect on self-improvement as an aspiring educational leader.


Admission Requirements | Online M.Ed. in Ohio Principal Licensure

Degree/Credentials: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

Undergraduate Achievement: Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average equal to or greater than a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate study.

Experience: Provide a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Essay and Writing Ability: Applicants will submit an essay of approximately 250-500 words that outlines the applicant’s career aspirations and rationale for applying to the program. This piece will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write at the graduate level.

Professional Recommendations: Provide one recommendation from an employer or former professor who are in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate-level study and research, as well as suitability for educational leadership.

Consideration for Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to submit additional documentation in an attempt to gain conditional admission.

Personal Interview: Applicants may be selected for an interview to be conducted using phone/video conferencing. Applicants who successfully complete the interview will be admitted into the Master of Education in Ohio principal's licensure program.

Entrance to the Ohio Principal's Licensure Concentration

Fulfill all entrance requirements and possess at least one of the following criteria:

  • Possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Document satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): Verbal greater than or equal to 145, Quantitative greater than or equal to 144, and writing greater than or equal to 3.75
  • Possess a cumulative graduate GPA greater to or equal than to 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from at least six semester hours


Transfer Credit Policy: A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate transfer credits will be considered for transfer credit. The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution and be aligned with the objectives for the University of Mount Union course(s), and only coursework earning a grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit. Additional credits may be transferred on a case-by-case basis.

A candidate wishing transfer credit must submit an official transcript, along with a copy of the appropriate course description from the graduate catalogue of the respective institution and may be asked to offer additional documentation (such as a course syllabus). To initiate a transfer credit evaluation, email a request to

Enrollment Deposit: If admitted to the program, candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges. Pay Your Deposit

TOEFL Requirement: For admission into the Master of Education program, applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet- Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

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