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College Adds Principal Licensure Program to Professional Education Offerings
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College Adds Principal Licensure Program to Professional Education Offerings

To help address the national shortage of school principals, Notre Dame College is offering a master's degree in educational leadership completely online.

This newest Master of Education degree brings to nearly 15 the total number of concentrations offered in professional teacher education at the College–and the first at Notre Dame available only online. The principal licensure is available in the early childhood, middle childhood, adolescent/ young adult and multi-age education licensure areas. According to John Galovic, Ed.D., assistant professor of education at the College, the new degree program's online courses still mirror Notre Dame's on-campus atmosphere. The master's in educational leadership provides a dynamic online learning environment in which students can collaborate and interact with professors and classmates, as well as complete coursework at their own pace and according to their own schedules.

"Many professional educators cannot afford to take time off from work to study and become credentialed to be principals, so the country is facing a shortage in qualified applicants," Galovic said. "By offering this program completely online, Notre Dame is giving current teachers the opportunity to advance their careers while addressing a growing deficit in leadership potential that could negatively affect the quality of secondary education in the country."

According to the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, nearly half of school districts–rural, suburban and urban– report a shortage in the labor pool for open K-12 principal positions.