Administrative License Programs


As classrooms evolve to meet the challenges of education today, so too must school administrations. You've already shown your dedication to education; now you can take the next step to guide the field into the future. Hamline’s Administrative Licensure helps Minnesota education professionals gain their principal, superintendent, or director of special education license. Offered online with weekend residencies, giving you the flexibility of online courses with limited on-campus instruction.

When you pursue your principal, superintendent, or director of special education license, you will:

  • Build your foundational knowledge through instruction that blends theory and practice
  • Develop confidence in the complex duties required of education leaders in today's schools and districts through hands-on learning experiences
  • Learn culturally-responsive instructional leadership to meet the needs of an increasingly broad range of stakeholders, foster leadership across learning environments, and implement result-based education

Administrative License frequently asked questions

Are classes online or on campus? With our flexible format, you'll have the option of fully online or hybrid courses. Online courses are synchronous and held in the evenings with varied start and end times, but generally, 68 p.m. Hybrid courses are online with 1–3 sessions in-person on Saturdays, 9 a.m.3 or 9 a.m.3:30 p.m.
When can I start? You can apply and begin the program any term, including summer term.
How long is the program? You can complete your administrative license at your own pace, and finish in as few as 21 to 24 months.
What are the areas of focus? K-12 principal licensure, director of special education licensure, and district superintendent licensure

Administrative licensure frequently asked questions

Completion of a Minnesota administrative license requires an educator license from the state of Minnesota or another state. Coursework required for a Minnesota administrative license, by educators who are licensed as administrators in other states, is determined by a Minnesota Board of School Administrator (BOSA) approved Administrative Licensure preparation program. Questions and details about this process can be found at the MN BOSA Website.