Graduate Programs


Building Level Administrator License

If you already have a Master’s degree in an education-related field, the Building Level Administrator Licensure program prepares you for the position of school principal. The 21-credit licensure program, offered in a hybrid format, consists of six graduate core educational leadership courses offered over three consecutive semesters, with a one-credit internship each semester. Additional criteria, beyond taking coursework is required for Indiana licensure.  A Transcript Evaluation Credential Review (TECR) by Purdue’s Office of Teacher Education and Licensure is required for admission and outlines the additional requirements.   The program is completed in one year. 

This program can be used for licensure only or a pathway to earning an MSEd in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

This program has rolling admissions. You may start the program any semester. 



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Application Requirements

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For more information please see Purdue’s full application instructions.

To complete the application you will need:

  • Transcripts (copy) – Official transcripts will need to be submitted before the end of the first semester.
  • Statement of Purpose – 300 – 500 word essay. Articulate how this program will help you obtain educational and career goals
  • Resume
  • English proficiency for international students.
  • No application fee is required
  • Complete the Transcript Evaluation and Credential Review (There is a non-refundable cost associated with the evaluation)

Program Requirements

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The courses are offered in a cohort sequence permitting candidates to finish the license in three semesters (one year) if they take seven credits offered each semester Courses are offered in eight week modules (two courses each semester) with a one credit internship related to the two courses taken over the full 16 week semester. Two on-campus class meetings are required for each course.

Fall Semester

  • EDST 51400 – Economics of Education (3 credits)
  • EDST 51600 – School Community Relations (3 credits)
  • EDST 69400 – Internship – Building Level (1 credit)

Spring Semester

  • EDST 60200 – School Principalship (3 credits)
  • EDST 60700 – Administration of Educational Systems (3 credits)
  • EDST 69400 – Internship – Building Level (1 credit)

Summer Semester

  • EDST 60900 – Legal Aspects of American Education (3 credits)
  • EDST 61000 – Supervision of Instruction and Instructional Personnel (3 credits)
  • EDST 69400 – Internship – Building Level (1 credit)

If you do not have a MS, click here to learn more about our MS program.

Tuition and Fees

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Current Tuition Rates and Fees * In-State Out-of-State
Tuition Rate $381.20 $524.20
Technology Fee $7.55 $7.55
Repair and Rehabilitation Fee $11.25 $11.25
Purdue Online (PO) Fee $50.00 $50.00
Total Cost Per Credit Hour $450.00 $563.00
Total Credit Hours 21 21
Total Program Cost $9,450.00 $11,823.00

*Tuition and fees are charges on a per credit hour basis and are subject to annual increase. Annual increases may change the total program cost. The rate and fees above are effective for the 2020-2021 school year.

*International Fee: $145/semester


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Clinical Assistant Professor Educational Leadership and Policy StudiesCurriculum and Instruction
Work Phone: (765) 494-0094
Clinical Professor Educational Leadership and Policy StudiesEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-0086
Clinical Assistant Professor Educational Leadership and Policy StudiesEducational Studies
This program is subject to our Licensure Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to publicly disclose to prospective and currently enrolled students whether certain programs meet the education requirements for licensure or certification in the state or territory in which they reside. “Programs Leading to Professional Licensure” is defined as programs represented to prepare students for an occupation for which, at completion of the program, a local, state or federal license, or nongovernmental certification is required (i) as a precondition for employment, (ii) to perform certain functions, or (iii) to meet additional conditions that are generally needed to secure employment.

The Purdue University Teacher Education Program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State of Indiana. However, not all undergraduate and graduate programs lead to an educator licensure in the State of Indiana. If your Teacher Education program includes field experience(s) and a student teaching or internship component, it may lead to an educator license in the State of Indiana, if you meet the licensure requirements. Contact your academic/faculty advisor and/or the Office of Teacher and Licensure at to verify your program enrollment and whether or not it leads to a license in the State of Indiana.

The State of Indiana has reciprocity agreements with other states, the District of Columbia, and territories. For licensing information contact information for individual state departments of education or visit the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) or email a Purdue University licensing officer/advisor at

Visit this page to view the Licensure Program Agreement


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