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Principal Preparation Program

The Principal Preparation Program is a two-year, practical exploration into the essential components of educational leadership in a district or school. Through a blend of online and in-class instruction, a student masters the skills needed to tackle the everyday challenges of education.

The Principal Preparation Program offers:

  • A hands-on, substantive curriculum in which the student is prepared to lead and ready to hit the ground running as an administrator
  • A master’s degree in educational administration and/or an Ohio principal’s license
  • Two yearlong internships (four semesters total) in which the student observes, participates, and takes the initiative to manage and operate a school
  • Courses taught by current and former educational practitioners who teach skills and applicable methods needed to handle on-the-job situations
  • Mentors who provide a channel for students to try methods taught in the classroom with an advisor’s guidance and support

The program is geared toward leaders, and past participants include teachers, coaches, band directors, cheerleading advisors, and other key players in schools. Those who have completed it have worked as principals, superintendents, or other educational administrators.

The program has two cohorts:

  • Chillicothe/Southern with a rotating residency at Ohio University’s Chillicothe Campus in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Southern Campus in Ironton, Ohio
  • Pickerington with a residency at the Pickerington Center in Pickerington, Ohio

An Athens cohort will begin again the summer of 2015 and every two years after that.

Each cohort meets once a month on Saturdays from September through the beginning of June (nine times) and twice a week for eight weeks in the summer. The monthly meetings will be held on dates determined by the cohort, which provides flexibility to fit a student’s busy lifestyle.

Information Sessions


OU Pickerington Cohort
4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18, & May 6, 2014

Conference Room, Pickerington Campus

OU Chillicothe Cohort
4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bennett Hall, Rm 105, Chillicothe Campus

OU Southern Cohort
4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

TBD, Southern Campus

Contact Robin Boyd (boydr@ohio.edu) for specific details.

For a map of the Athens Campus, visit www.ohio.edu/athens/ioumap.html.

Apply Now!

Electronic applications are due by Thursday, May 1. Apply now!

Please note: Students are allowed to enter the program in the fall if space permits.

For more information:

Robin Boyd, Administrative Assistant
Educational Administration Program and Ohio University Leadership Project


Request More Info

To learn more about this, visit the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education’s Principal Preparation Program site.

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