The University of Oklahoma has an accredited program for the preparation of school principals who are part of the state alternative certification program. Alternatively certified candidates must complete an approved administrator preparation program of study in not more than three years (Oklahoma Statutes, 70-6-189(C)). The preparation program at OU consists of a minimum 27 graduate credit hours PLUS the successful completion of an EACS Comprehensive Portfolio.
See Principal Certification Recommendation Form or Principal Certification Recommendation Form (for Ed.D./Ph.D. EACS Students Only) for specific course information.
Provisions may be made on an individual basis for relevant work experience and transfer course work. All coursework to be counted as part of the requirement must have been completed no earlier than 5 years prior to the approval of this plan. Candidates who complete the program of study accordingly are eligible to receive university endorsement for regular administrative certification.
Prospective candidates should first submit the Principal Certification Recommendation Form to the EACS program area. After Part 1 of this plan has been approved by the program area, the candidate should apply for admission into the certification only program.
Principal Certification Program Application Procedures:
1. Prospective candidates should first submit the Principal Certification Recommendation Form to the EACS program area.
2. After Part 1 of this plan has been approved by the program area, the candidate should then apply for admission with the OU Graduate College.
3. Complete the Graduate College application. When applying, please select the option “Teacher/Administrative Certification” under the Academic Program and Major Selection tab in the online application. You will then be prompted to select a concentration which will be one of the following:
Q534 Elementary Admin. Principal, or
Q538 Secondary Admin. Principal