Principal Licensure Program

In keeping with Asbury University's mission and its historic institutional commitment, the graduate program in education is designed to prepare educators for leadership and service in a variety of settings, seeking to meet all students' needs. As we continue to evaluate Asbury's future in the light of past accomplishments, we find direction in the institution's missions statement, "...through a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality, for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service to the professions..." In response to this vision we see the graduate program in educational leadership as extending our academic scholarship and fulfilling our pledge to service within a Christian context.

The Principal Licensure Program, responding to a widespread need for highly qualified leaders, will prepare caring, competent and highly skilled professional educators who will provide leadership for today's schools across Kentucky, nationwide, and around the world. Asbury University's current success with preparing quality educators in collaboration with our public school partners sets the stage for a distinctive leadership program. Cooperative efforts with our public partners ensure an authentic program of excellence.

Program Description

The Principal Licensure Program qualifies selected teachers to complete requirements for Rank I in education in developing skills to serve as leaders for 21st Century schools striving for excellence. Partnerships with P-12 educators who will assist in program design and delivery provide a high level of authenticity to the program and clinical experiences built into each course enable candidates to positively impact the learning of all P-12 students. All classroom and field experiences in this program are guided by the Graduate Education program's theme of preparing Facilitators of Student Success and Professional Community and aligned to the Kentucky Leadership Standards and Dispositions.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is the Graduate Program at Asbury University accredited?

Yes.  The entire Education Department, including the Graduate Education Program, has both EPSB (state) and NCATE (national) accreditation.

What are the admissions requirements?

  • Online Application
  • Professional Portfolio submitted with the application:
    • Letter from applicant that documents ability to improve student achievement and exhibit both leadership and advanced knowledge of curiculum, instruction and assessment
    • Letters of recommendation from applicant's principal, supervisor, and/or colleague (minimum of 2 of the 3 options)
    • Teacher Evaluation Summary completed by School or District Supervisor
    • Personal statement of career goals
  • Official transcripts showing masters degree and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater (these must be sent directly from the credit-granting institutions) and bachelors degree transcripts
  • Official copies of Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Copy of current teaching licensure (must have at least three years experience)
  • Character and Fitness form
  • Selective Interview Process
  • TOEFL score is required of those whose first language is not English.  A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 550 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) is required.

Option Six Alternative Route for Principal Licensure Program
(16 KAR 9:080--University Based Alternative Certification Program)

  • Provide letter of explanation providing rationale for requesting the alternative application process
  • Submit evidence of current job placement
  • Secure University and District Agreement with local district (See Link)
  • Submit letter to local district from Asbury University stating enrollment in Alternative Certification Program
  • Comply with all other Admission Requirements for traditional Principal Licensure Program

How can I make application to the program?
Apply Online Now!

Is there an application deadline for enrolling?
Materials must be submitted by the deadline for the term in which you intend to enroll.

  • Fall terms           August 1
  • Spring terms      December 14
  • Summer terms   May 1

Will this program fulfill my requirements for Rank I?
Yes. All of the programs at Asbury University are state-approved and can be used for rank change.

What does the program cost?
Tuition is $402 per credit hour.

Is financial aid available?
Yes. Students must submit a FAFSA to determine what federal aid for which they qualify. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 859-858-3511, ext. 2195.

How long does it take to complete the program?
Two years. This program is designed for the working professional.


Now enrolling for Spring 2012. For more information, contact Rocky Wallace or Abbie Gibitz.