Endorsement in Educational Leadership
Western Governors University

Program Details

WGU offers an affordable, accredited, online Educational Leadership Endorsement program*, for already-licensed teachers who want to become a principal or administrator. This program prepares current teachers for leadership success through curriculum that focuses on: strategic planning; governance, finance, and law; comprehensive educational leadership; performance excellence criteria; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; process management; and practicum in educational leadership. WGU’s Teachers College is CAEP-accredited. 

WGU holds the same accreditation as many state universities. With unparalleled online flexibility, students can complete most of their coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedule. Students also benefit from the competency-based learning model, which lets them pass most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation. 

*Note: WGU’s Educational Leadership Endorsement program is only available in some states, the Master of Science in Educational Leadership is more widely available.


The program requires an in-person practicum at an actual school.

The program requires a total of 37 competency units (CUs), the equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

Admission requirements:

  • A copy of a valid teaching license
  • Official transcripts that demonstrate you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited university

Special Accreditation

WGU's Teachers College is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of 7 years, from 2012 to 2019.

WGU’s Teachers College is eligible and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards in spring 2018.

School Accreditation Statement

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized in the following states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota and S