Apply now for WKU’s Spring 2019 Principal Preparation Cohort!

Over the last two years more than 50 alumni of Western Kentucky University’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research have earned positions as assistant principals, principals, and other leadership roles in school and districts across Kentucky. If you are an aspiring school leader, or know someone who should consider that career path, now is the time to join the illustrious group of professionals who have earned their administrative credentials at WKU.

The principal program at WKU is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 cohort. Contact Dr. Stacy Leggett, admissions coordinator, at, to receive an application and begin the process.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (3.0 gpa minimum), Kentucky teacher certification, and have at least three years of teaching experience.

The program is 30 credit hours and leads to initial, Level I principal certification. The program can also be completed for Rank I credit. Applicants who work in Kentucky K-12 schools are eligible for a special tuition rate of $415 per credit hour, substantially less than the normal WKU graduate tuition rate.

Courses are taken with a cohort and delivered in a blended model of online and face-to-face components. Many courses are co-taught by WKU faculty and practicing administrators, and principal candidates are supported by a district-based mentor. The program places a heavy emphasis on the principal as both instructional leader and organizational manager. WKU’s principal program is currently undergoing a transformation through its participation in the Wallace Foundation University Principal Preparation Initiative grant, and cohort participants will receive the benefit of many of the curricular and structural changes unfolding as a result.

Please contact Dr. Leggett with questions or to apply: For priority consideration, please plan to submit application materials by November 30, 2018.