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Application Instructions for Principal Licensure Certificate

Cedarville University is a Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.

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Cedarville University invites applications to the Principal Licensure graduate certificate from graduates who hold a master's degree in education from a regionally accredited or otherwise approved university, have two or more years of K–12 teaching experience in the grade level for which the teacher is seeking the appropriate principal license, hold a current teaching license, who desire to become principals or building-level administrators, and who have a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.

Applicants must also affirm their commitment to the Cedarville covenant and agree to abide by the graduate student standards of conduct.  Applicants should review the University’s doctrinal statement to understand our beliefs and Christian heritage, which serves as the foundation for our community.

Applicants who present satisfactory evidence of their ability to perform at the graduate level are admitted to this graduate certificate program. Cedarville University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.

The school of education graduate program chair and the director of graduate admissions review the qualifications of each Principal Licensure program applicant on an individual basis.

Application Review Documents

  1. Application for Admission: [online] — Complete and submit the online application.
  2. Application Fee [online] — Send your $30 application fee by mail or pay online by credit card.
  3. Church Leader Recommendation [online] [pdf] — Have a pastor or other church leader within the church you attend who is familiar with your testimony and spiritual development complete this form. The recommender must have known you for at least six months and must not be related to you.

    If you are not able to obtain a recommendation from either a pastor or other lay-leader at the church you attend, you may opt to have a spiritual leader of another church or Christian organization complete this form. You may be required to give an explanation of why you were unable to have this form completed by someone from your home church. (Note: Absence of a signature on the waiver statement presumes that the student voluntarily waives his/her right to inspect the completed document.)
  4. Professional Recommendation [online] [pdf] — Have someone you work with or who knows you professionally complete and return this form. Note: The professional recommendation should evaluate your capacity to undertake a rigorous academic program, as well as address your leadership ability. The person making the recommendation should have knowledge of the requirements of graduate-level work. Recommendations from personal friends or family members will not be accepted.
  5. Graduate Degree Transcripts — Provide an official transcript from the institution that awarded your master’s degree in education (M.Ed., M.S.Ed., M.A. Ed.). Transcripts received for admission review must be official and from a regionally accredited or otherwise approved university. The degree-granting institution should also indicate the degree conferred and the date granted.
  6. Writing Sample (within the application) — Provide an essay of your testimony of faith along with your educational and professional goals:
    • Your writing sample should address your specific professional plans and career objectives.
    • You should view this essay as an opportunity to analyze past professional developments and consider future contributions as a result of graduate education.
  7. Computer Proficiency — Basic skills in the areas of email, Internet searches, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • If you are concerned about your level of computer skills, please discuss any questions you may have with your admissions counselor.
  8. International Students — Additional information and requirements for international students are available here.

Application Procedure

We encourage you to apply early for graduate admission to Cedarville. As the applicant, you are responsible for gathering and submitting all the necessary documents required to complete your application. Your application will be processed and reviewed by the graduate admissions committee as soon as all of the materials are received.

In most cases you will be notified by letter within three weeks of the graduate admissions committee's decision. However, some applications may need extended time for review or follow-up. If you have not heard from graduate admissions within 30 days of submitting all the necessary documents, please contact us.