Principalship MAE/ASC


Primarily Online | 35 Credits | 2 Years
  • Designed for those seeking endorsement in Iowa as a Pre-K-12 Principal/Pre-K-12 Supervisor of Special Education
  • Award-winning faculty who have led and practiced in the field, and conducted a wide array of research, are now your teachers and mentors
  • Program requirements and outcomes are based on Iowa leadership standards
  • Ranked in the top 15% of online master's in education programs in 2023 by U.S. News and World Report 

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As an Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation and much more.

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Kenneth Hayes

Program Coordinator

Instructor, Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies

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Janelle Finke

Enrollment Contact

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Delivered Entirely Online

Courses are offered in asynchronous and synchronous formats. Some courses are synchronous and take place via interactive video conferencing (Zoom). Courses are supported using Blackboard, a dynamic learning management system that will enhance your experience and sense of community with fellow classmates. The first summer session includes an engaging, six-day, on-campus experience.

Fall 2022 Program Sequences:

‌Gold cohort  Purple cohort 

Fall 2023 Program Sequences:

‌Gold cohort  Purple cohort 

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Our graduates are prepared to:
  • Become principals or special education supervisors at the building/district/AEA levels
  • Serve in leadership roles such as lead teachers, school administration managers and more
  • Enter any school setting as a Leader of Learning, Leader of Service and Leader of Change
What are the benefits of pursuing the Principalship MAE/ASC?

Although the program is especially aimed at developing the skills, knowledge and dispositions needed for effective school leadership, our graduates routinely and consistently say their experiences in the program have made them better teachers. The degree opens many career opportunities including positions as principals, lead teachers, School Administration Managers.  Graduates benefit from professional advancement, developing a balcony view of schools and leadership, sharpening one's philosophy around what schools are and should become, and expanding an engaging, widespread professional network of mentors, colleagues, and resources.

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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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Students who have previously earned a master's degree in education often choose the ASC over a second master's degree. Also, if you are considering applying to the UNI Doctor of Education program, the credit hours (units) earned for the ASC can be counted toward the Principalship Intensive Study Area in the doctoral program.


Teacher Licensure Requirements

In order to be admitted to the program, a standard teaching licensure is required.  If you do not have a standard license, you must successfully complete a teacher education coursework and 2 years of teaching before beginning this graduate program. 

If you are a post-BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to explore an alternative licensure program - the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL). 

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Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program. 

This program meets the licensure requirements for the state of Iowa. UNI has not determined if the program meets the licensure requirements in any other state. For further information about whether or not this program meets the licensing requirements in your state, please contact your state board (a list of state agencies can be found at 

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