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Specialist in Education with Principal Licensure

The Specialist in Education with Principal Licensure is a post-masters program that prepares students for principal licensure. Developed from the Iowa Standards for School Leaders, the program enables students to become exemplary leaders within the field of education. A rich clinical experience is central to the program, with multiple hands-on experiences embedded throughout the coursework.

The Specialist in Education with Principal Licensure requires 45-credit hours, consisting of two 3-credit clinical experiences.

Program Highlights

Reputation for Quality A Drake degree prepares students to lead. Nearly 70 percent of school districts in Iowa have at least one administrator who holds a Drake degree. Approximately one-fourth of principals in Iowa are Drake graduates.

Face-to-face Instruction Students learn from Drake faculty members who are experienced administrators and experts in their fields.

Technology Enhanced Courses feature hybrid learning, with web-based activities and discussions supplementing face-to-face weekend classes.

Valuable Cohort Connections In a cohort program students make instant connections with other future leaders in the field and have a built-in network of professionals with whom to interact for years to come.

Licensure In addition to receiving the degree, students in the program gain an Iowa principal license.

Mentorship All students are paired with a practicing administrator who serves as a mentor throughout the program.

Convenient scheduling Classes are designed to meet the needs of working adults. They are offered on weekends with two to three weeks between sessions.

Practical Orientation A rich clinical experience is central to the program design, with multiple hands-on experiences embedded in the coursework.

Application Details

  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This program requires the submission of two (2) professional letters of recommendation, including one from an immediate supervisor and a second one from an administrator who can speak to the candidate's potential for effective building-level leadership.


Bridget Arrasmith
Administrative Assistant 1
1-800-44-DRAKE, 2054

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