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Administrative Licensure Preparation

Saint Mary's offers administrative licensure preparation in three areas:

  • K-12 principal
  • Director of Special Education
  • Superintendent

After completing the administrative preparation requirements you have the option of applying for Minnesota licensure and obtaining a Graduate Certificate in K-12 Principal, Superintendent and/or Director of Special Education. You may also continue on to earn the Ed.S. degree.

This program will prepare you for school leadership, strengthening your ability to manage the demands of contemporary school communities. The Minnesota licensure requirements for school administrators are embedded in the courses.

“Saint Mary’s University was the perfect fit for a working father looking for practical lessons in school administration. The Ed.S. program provided me with an excellent education, convenient class locations and classes taught by working administrators.”
- Robert Prater, Superintendent at Hinckley-Finlayson Public Schools
M‘03, ’05, ’11 (M.A. in Education, Ed.S. in Educational Administration, Superintendency)

License and Teaching Requirements

In order to be eligible for MN administrative licensure preparation, individuals must have three years of classroom teaching experience and a valid state teaching license. Those who do not meet this requirement may choose to complete the Alternative Pathway to administrative licensure which can be completed simultaneously with program coursework.


Our practitioner-focused curriculum is taught by experienced administrators and experts in the field. In the administrative preparation segment of the program, you’ll master the competencies common to all areas of educational administrative licensure in Minnesota. Instruction focuses on combining organizational leadership theories with the practical skills that school administrators need to become effective leaders of learning organizations.

The program consists of 33 credits for initial K-12 Principal or Director of Special Education preparation (or 45 credits for both). You may then choose to stop out and obtain a graduate certificate, complete 6 credits towards Superintendency preparation, or complete the Ed.S. degree.

Superintendent Preparation Program

Candidates who have earned a principal’s license or those who are enrolled in Saint Mary’s Ed.S. program are eligible to enroll in the Superintendent Preparation Program. Those seeking licensure preparation to become a Superintendent may do so with only six credits beyond the initial administrative license.

Delivery and Schedule

The program is offered in a flexible format to meet the needs of working adults. During the school year, classes are scheduled primarily in the evening and on weekends. Classes are also available at various times in the summer.


The program is offered at the Twin Cities, Apple Valley, Oakdale, Eden Prairie, and Rochester, plus off-site cohort locations. Contact us to talk through location options.


Michelle Dougherty | | (612) 728-5122