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    May 26, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Administrative Licensure

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Administrative Licensure can provide new career opportunities for experienced P-12 teachers who have already earned a master’s degree and also have at least three years of teaching experience. The School of Education and Leadership offers preparation for three administrative licenses: Principal, Superintendent, and Director of Special Education. 

The Administrative Licensure program prepares students for instructional leadership to effectively address changing demographics, focus on results-based education, and address the needs of an increasingly broad range of stakeholders. Students in the program:

  • grow foundational knowledge through instruction that blends theory and practice;
  • expand leadership skills through meaningful and relevant curriculum;
  • develop the confidences necessary for educational leaders assuming the complex duties required in today’s schools and districts.

The state of Minnesota requires administrative licensure applicants to acquire a minimum of 60 credits past a baccalaureate degree, which must include a master’s degree.

Administrative licensure candidates at Hamline complete an Initial Leadership Assessment course that will determine development for collaborative and diversity leadership, as well as to establish a program plan for licensure completion. This also includes an initial competency assessment of the state’s administrative licensure requirements.

​The program is offered in a low-residency format that blends online instruction with campus-based instruction.


Administrative License Program Requirements

Fulfillment of a Hamline administrative license includes completion of coursework, 320 hours of field experience, and an electronic portfolio.

Field Experience (6 credits)


The number of electives varies by student, but generally ranges from 0-4 credits. The minimum number of elective credits required is determined by evaluating two factors:

  • Whether the candidate needs additional coursework to develop leadership competencies; and
  • If the candidate still needs additional credits to satisfy the state requirement of having 60 credits beyond their bachelor’s degree including a master’s degree. 

Transferred coursework may be used to fulfill electives.


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