Educational Leadership Licensures

  • Minnesota State University Moorhead offers a highly individualized program to prepare aspiring administrators for licensure as a Director of Community Education, Director of Special Education, K-12 principal, and Superintendent. This competency-based program will help you to meet each licensure area. Competencies are demonstrated through the computation of exhibits/artifacts chosen by you as a result of a pre-assessment of knowledge, skills, dispositions, coursework, and a final oral presentation and assessment. Most candidates complete the online program in one to two years.  

    The following requirements fully implement the regulations set by the state of Minnesota legislation (MS 3512). Upon successful completion of the requirements, the university endorses the candidate to Minnesota Department of Education, which issues the license. Candidates applying to the licensure program, must have a master's degree and fulfill the requirements for admission to the specialist degree program.

    Upon acceptance into the program, the following will occur:

    1. You will be assigned an advisor to discuss pre-assessment requirements. You must complete ED 645, Pre-Assessment Portfolio. The pre-assessment portion of this class is designed to conduct a peer assessment process and align previous coursework and work experiences with the competencies required for the licensure being sought.
    2. A plan of study for licensure is developed to meet your individual needs and goals.  
    3. You will be introduced to the Minnesota Administrative Core and specific licensure Competencies and do a self-evaluation with advisor oversight. Aspiring K-12 principals, superintendents, and directors of special education must attain a total of 60 semester credits, which must include a completed master's degree in a related field.
    4. Four credit hours of ED 794 Practicum are required for each administrative licensure.
      • NOTE: Aspiring directors of community education must attain 20 semester graduate credits and hold a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and participate in a minimum of 4 credits of practicum experiences.
    5. All past and present coursework from an accredited university may count toward the total number of credits in each licensure area. Additional credits may be needed to attain program requirements and attain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for demonstration of competence.
    6. You must complete an electronic portfolio and present the attainment of knowledge, skills, and dispositions in all areas identified in MS 3512 to a review panel made up of representatives from the university and licensed practicing practitioners in the area of licensure.

    Programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA).

    • Director of Community Education
    • Director of Special Education
    • K-12 Principal
    • Superintendent
    • Alternative Licensure Requirements
      • A route is open to aspiring principals and superintendents who have no teaching experience. These candidates must complete all licensure requirements and demonstrate the equivalency of one year of teaching experience. For specific information contact the licensure coordinator.

    Admission Requirements