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Principal Licensure Program Adds Master’s Degree

MARCH 24, 2006-- Aspiring principals can now earn a master’s degree in addition to principal licensure certification at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Recently enhanced, the UW-RF Principal Licensure Program has served the needs of those interested in becoming principals for the past six years.

Designed for educators and administrators, graduates can now receive a Master of Science in Professional Education and will be equipped for leadership in either public or private school settings.

The new program, developed in response to the needs of Wisconsin and the shortage of school administrators, is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for certification as a K-12 principal and is the first competency-based program in the state.

“This program will benefit a variety of people anxious to become administrators, whether it is an assistant principalship or large/small school administrative position,” says program graduate Mike Johnson, who is an assistant principal at River Falls High School.

The practitioner-oriented program is offered in a cohort format, allowing peers to provide support and encouragement to each other. It also allows faculty to track student progress and be responsive to student needs.

Coursework is completed over a two-year period and is focused on the competencies necessary to become a successful principal including leadership, decision-making, supervision and staff development. Courses are a blend of traditional, online, independent and practical experiences. Projects are designed to assist students in creating their work administrator portfolios.

The first class is held on campus to provide access to technology and other services. After the first summer, however, the cohort helps to determine convenient location and meeting times for the remaining classes.

“The cohort model taking place over two years offered flexibility and an enriching practical licensure program,” said Johnson.

Program faculty and staff have advance degrees, and many are practitioners in the field. Local PK-12 administrators serve as faculty, mentors and evaluators, creating strong and valuable connections to the PK-12 community.

Applications are being accepted for a cohort to begin this summer, the first class in the program, Leadership Development Seminar, starts June 12. For more information about the program, or to apply, visit and go to Graduate Studies>Programs>Principal Licensure or call the Graduate Studies Office at 715-425-3843 or 800-228-5607.

The University of Wisconsin - River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies Office provides lifelong learners with academic and professional development programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and admission information is available at http:/ or can be obtained by calling 715-425-3256, 1-800-228-5607 or e-mailing


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