Education Sciences Principal Licensure and Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Education and Human Resource Studies – Education Sciences Specialization

How to Apply

Before applying to the Education Sciences, Principal Licensure specialization, you must contact Wendy Fothergill well in advance of the application deadline to understand all requirements.

There are two enrollment options:

  1. If you are seeking a master’s degree plus principal license, application instructions are below.
  2. If you are seeking a non-degree principal license, for students who have previously obtained a master's degree, click here for information on this option.

Application Deadlines

Summer semester May 15

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1 Review Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Valid teaching license
  • At least three years of teaching experience
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
    Applicants whose GPA is lower than 3.00 must demonstrate their potential for academic success by providing additional evidence such as: additional recommendation letters showing strong potential for graduate studies; completion of six credits of graduate level coursework; or GRE scores.
  • GRE scores are not required

Meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission to the Education Sciences-Principal Licensure specialization. Admission is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience, your personal statement, and fit with the program.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. References should speak to your current or potential abilities as a teacher, plus your potential success in graduate studies. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
  • Statement of support from District Supervisor
    A statement of support from your District Supervisor is required. This is separate from a letter of recommendation.
  • Resume or vita
    Include job duties and dates of all professional employment.
  • Statement of purpose
    The Statement of Purpose is a summary of long-term professional or personal goals and is required for all applicants. Your statement should be written in 12-point font, double-spaced, and include the following:
    • Your purpose for pursuing graduate education and how it will contribute to your long-term goals and career plans
    • Why you have selected Colorado State University and the School of Education as the place to pursue your graduate studies
    • A description of teaching, research/creative, or other academic work you have engaged in relevant to the qualifications
  • Teaching certificate
    Include one copy of a valid teaching certificate.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for recommendations or transcripts to move your application forward.

  • Please select "Education and Human Resource Studies / Education Sciences (M.Ed.) - Distance".
    • Then select "Principal Licensure" program option.

For any documents that cannot be uploaded, submit paper copies directly to the Office of Admissions at:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

4Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can either be mailed in or sent as e-transcripts.

Send e-transcripts to: gradadmissions@colostate.edu

Send paper copies to:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Selection Timeline
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Application reviews will begin after February 1. Admit decisions will be made approximately 3-6 weeks after application completion.

Information for International Students

Include the following items in addition to those listed above:

  • Official transcript
    Official transcripts or mark sheets and any certificates, diplomas, or degrees from each college or university attended. All records must be in the native language; any credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Official TOEFL or PTE scores
    Submit scores through the Educational Testing Service, select institution code 4075. The minimum acceptable scores are available on the Graduate School website. Language scores are required from applicants from countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not hold a degree from a country in which English is the official language.
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