K-12 Principalship Program

The K-12 Principal program is designed for individuals who wish to receive education beyond a master’s degree in leadership roles such as: 

  • Elementary or secondary principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Dean
  • Athletics director
  • Curriculum director
  • Positions related to policy analysis and research in government and NGO agencies

WSU will work with those holding an out of state administrative license to develop an individualized plan to earn Minnesota licensure per the criteria outlined in Minnesota Rule 3512.2500.

Required Coursework

Any graduate coursework taken in leadership may be used to waive required coursework. Extended experience in a specific area of leadership may be considered when completing a program of study. See your academic advisor for details.

Course descriptions and additional information about the K-12 Principal Licensure and K-12 Principal Degree are available.

Licensure as K-12 Principal

Licensure candidates must be approved by the Licensing Review Panel before being endorsed for a Minnesota and/or Wisconsin license. 

All course work and internships must have been completed before meeting with the panel in early May or December.

Your advisor and the licensing officer will provide more detail about the licensing review panel during your final internship.

Apply for a Minnesota state license through the Minnesota Department of Education.

To apply for a Wisconsin state license, complete the WI PI 1612 Institutional Endorsements and Assurances Form (PDF).

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Leadership Education

Helble Hall 319


Steven M. Baule (EdD, PhD)
Department Chair, Associate Professor

Broadway Suite 309 (Rochester Campus)


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Casey Pronschinske
Office Manager

Helble Hall 352


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