Instructional Leadership Level 1 – Certification Only

Online 18 hours * Approx. One Year
Accredited and Affordable Master's Programs

Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online cohort

Approx. one year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes


This non-degree program is intended for a candidate who already has a Master’s degree in Education, is eligible for or holds a Rank I, holds a Kentucky administrative certification, and wants to complete coursework solely for the purpose of adding the Instructional Leadership (School Principal) Level 1 certificate.

What You Learn

There is a critical need across the state of Kentucky for quality principals. According to the Kentucky Occupational Outlook 2014 published by the Education Cabinet Department of Workforce Investment Office of Employment Training there are an average of 116 job openings per year as an educational administrator at the elementary and secondary level.

The School Principal Level 1 – Certification Only Program helps school districts meet the growing demand for dynamic school leaders in Kentucky by offering an accelerated pathway for those that already have an administrative certificate but want to step up to the next level of responsibility as school principals. This 18-hour certification only program provides a solid foundation for effective school leadership, including practitioner-based courses for school administrators, high-quality field experiences, and a final Capstone experience to show evidence of learning and readiness to enter the field as a P-12 school principal.

How You Learn

This is a fully online cohort. Most courses will be offered in a 7 and a half week format, though some 15 week courses may be included. (In which you will take two courses at a time). Face-to-face class meetings are not required. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. Following this schedule, you could complete this fast-track program in as little as 12 months.

Career Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the School Principal Level 1 – Certification Only Program, candidates will be recommended for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) from the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) for Provisional Certification for Instructional Leadership – Principal, grades P-12 following successful completion of coursework, major assessments, and state-required testing per the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Degree Requirements

Level I: Core Coursework For Instructional Leadership – School Principal

EDA604Organization and Legal Aspects of the School Principal3
EDA605Field Experiences in Leadership I3
EDA611Field Experiences in Leadership II3
EDA612Using Data for Instructional Decision Making3
EDA614School Leadership Practicum3
EDAxxxChoose one elective from list below3
 Total Number of Credits:18

Elective Courses (3 hours required)

EDA600Introduction to School Leadership by Leading Teaching and Learning3
EDA602Leadership for Human Resources Development in Schools3
EDA606School Climate And Culture3
EDA608Leveraging Community Systems and Resources3
EDA610Planning and Management of Technology in Schools for School Leaders3
  • Candidates must complete 45 field hours in EDA 605.
  • Candidates must complete 45 field hours in EDA 611.
Please Note:

This is only an introduction of the program. Coursework may be taken in a different order. Once a candidate obtains employment in a principal/assistant principal position under his or her Provisional Certification, he or she will be eligible to apply to the Instructional Leadership – Advanced Leadership Studies (Level II) program, and complete the remaining 6 credit hours of advanced coursework in order to be recommended for Level II Certification for Instructional Leadership – Principal, grades P-12.