Certificate Program:
School Leadership License (Building Level)

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WSU’s offers a pathway for current educators holding a Master’s degree in an education related field (e.g. curriculum and instruction, school counseling, etc.) and currently employed in preK-12 education to be recommended for Building Licensure. The program consists of 15-21 hours of seminar and practicum activities which can be accomplished in less than 13 months.

Candidates whose graduate program included an acceptable course in Research and a course in School Diversity will be able to complete the program in one year by completing three courses and 6 hours of practicum experience with a mentor principal. Candidates whose graduate coursework does not include appropriate coursework in Research and/or Diversity will have a 21 hour program which can be completed in 13 months. Applicants must submit graduate transcripts as part of the admissions requirements and may be asked to provide a syllabus for the courses to be substituted.

You begin your program with a cohort that becomes your "learning family". No longer will you attend a set of loosely-related classes which may not seem pertinent to what you do daily as an administrator in "the real world". In this program, you begin work "in the real world" from your very first meeting. From the beginning, you will be working with your mentor (usually your building principal) in assessing your own strengths and weaknesses, and identifying issues (both positive and negative) in your school.  You will capitalize on these strengths and build on the weaknesses-individually and organizationally-throughout your program.

Students who complete this program and pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment are eligible for Building Leadership endorsement from KSDE.

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* Applicants who have prior coursework in multicultural or diversity training and research can have those courses evaluated and waived resulting in a program of 15 credits

Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the certificate program for School Leadership License (Building Level), you must submit to the Graduate School:

  • Master’s degree in a in an education related field (e.g. curriculum and instruction, school counseling, etc.)
  • A completed graduate school application
  • Official transcripts with 3.00 GPA for the last 60 hours

You must also submit the following items to the Department:

  • Three Reference Report Forms: one from a supervisor and two professional peers that attests to the applicant's potential as a building principal/leader
  • Evidence of professional licensure for a role in the public/private schools and at least one year of accredited experience. The Kansas State Department of Education requires 5 years of professional experience in order to qualify for a school leadership license
  • A resume or curriculum vita of educational and professional experience
  • A statement of professional goals related to licensure as a public school administrator
  • A letter signed by a building principal indicating he or she is willing to serve as the student's mentor and will allow the student to fulfill the practicum requirements of the program

Upon receipt of this information, the departmental screening committee will make recommendations concerning admission decisions for the certificate program for School Leadership License.

Application Process
You can view the progress of your admission status by visiting wichita.edu/onestop and click on Track My Progress. For information on how you will be notified of your admission decision, please click here.

Background Check Requirement

Upon admission and prior to their first semester, all students admitted to the Educational Psychology program must clear a criminal background check. Click here for instructions.


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