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School Administration Post-Master's Non-Degree Licensure


Indiana State University offers a post-master's non-degree licensure program to meet the needs of individuals seeking to obtain licensure as a secondary and elementary principal. The graduate program leads to licensure as a school administrator. Upon completion, the program fulfills, in part, the requirements for the Building-Level Administration License prescribed by the Division of Professional Standards, Indiana Department of Education. In order to qualify for the Building-Level Administration License, the student must complete the program, hold an Indiana teaching license, present evidence of at least two years of teaching experience, and pass the state licensure examination.

  • The School Administration Non-Degree Licensure Program is a 33-credit-hour program that can be completed via online learning and with minimal on-campus components. The program is only available to Indiana residents.
  • The on-campus components of the program typically include three Saturday sessions per semester.
  • The coursework for the program can be completed in two semesters with full-time study. The average program duration is three semesters (which could include summer attendance). Students have the option of part-time study.
  • Culminating experiences include a year-long principal internship program and a professional development portfolio upon the completion of the majority of the coursework.
  • Case studies, simulations, practitioners, class dialogues and discussion, lecture, research and participation are used throughout the program to foster an interactive learning experience during class sessions.
  • The program coursework provides practical and theoretical knowledge of:
    • Leadership
    • Effective administrative practices
    • School law
    • Community and parent relations
    • Work as a principal
    • School improvement
    • Supervision
    • Curriculum
    • Instruction
    • Assessment
    • Teacher evaluation
  • Representations on licensing apply to licensing in the state of Indiana only. Potential students seeking licensing in other states should check with that state's educational licensing authorities on their requirements. Further restrictions may be found in the state specific information under the program availability link.

Required Courses:

Online courses in this program include on-campus components, typically three Saturday sessions per semester. High-speed Internet access is required.

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Admission Requirements:

This program is only available to Indiana residents.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor degree with a major in an appropriate area from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.50
  • Hold a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on all graduate work attempted
  • Hold or be eligible for an Indiana teaching license
  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

All ISU educator licensure programs and related school programs are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Application Instructions:

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit the following materials to Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809-1904. E-transcripts should be sent to
    • Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended
    • A $45.00 (nonrefundable) application fee, payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. No cash accepted.
  3. Please upload and attach the following as part of the online application process:
    • Resume/curriculum vitae
    • Personal Narrative Disposition (.docx)
    • Documentation of all licenses and certifications held
    • Letter of recommendation from the applicant's school principal or other person able to comment on the individual's potential as a school administrator

Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to online registration, University records, and other important University services, including e-mail, and University announcements.

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended ISU for more than two calendar years.

Fees & Expenses:

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Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information:

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.