CO Educational Leadership Certification Requirements

In Colorado, completion of this program leads to a Principal license.

Colorado has the following requirements for applicants for initial licensure as a school principal:

1. BACHELORS DEGREE: Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution.


2. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of an approved program at a regionally accredited institution for the preparation of principals.

3. EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: At least three years of full-time, successful experience as a licensed or certified professional in a public or non-public elementary or secondary school.


4. PRACTICUM: WGU requires Educational Leadership candidates to complete a practicum in accordance with the hour requirements listed here.

5. EXAM REQUIREMENT: Praxis 5411: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision.

Note: This exam will also meet the WGU Program Requirement if taken prior to 8/31/2019. Beginning 9/1/2019, all students must pass the Praxis 5412: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision to satisfy the WGU Program Requirement.

  • OR, if passed by 5/6/2017, PLACE Principal (80). Passing scores for this exam will be accepted until 5/6/22.


Visit these links for more important information:

General information about licensing in Colorado
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

Practicum Requirement

CO Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

For further details on Colorado administrator certification requirements, please see the CO Educator Licensing Act of 1991, section 2260.5-R-3.03.






Article Number: 19418, 1827