School Principal Application Checklist

Please complete steps one & two to reserve your seat in the cohort:


Application for Graduate Admission

Complete and submit the cohort application by clicking the button.


Application Fee

Please click the button to submit your non-refundable $50 application fee.


Once you have reserved your seat, complete the remaining admission steps.


Financial Aid & Payment Options

Determine how you plan to pay for the program: Financial Aid or Pay-As-You-Go.

If using Financial Aid, Complete the FAFSA online. It is in your best interest to complete the financial aid process as early as possible. See the How to Pay page for information about Financial Aid and the Deferred Payment Plan.


Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts with undergraduate degree posted and official transcript if graduate coursework was completed. For the MA in Education with School Principal Certification (P-12) candidates must hold a Master of Arts degree in education from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Recommendation Forms & Superintendent's Endorsement

Candidates for the MA in Education with School Principal Certification (P-12) are required to submit three favorable recommendations attesting to the applicant's skills and understanding in the areas of ability to improve student achievement, leadership, and advance knowledge of curriculum instruction, and assessment.

One recommendation should be completed by your principal, one recommendation should be completed by a fellow teacher or peer, and one recommendation should be completed by your superintendent. The recommendation form for the Superintendent can also be completed by a designee of the Superintendent. These recommendations can be submitted by clicking the button. For each recommendation, you will need the name and email address of the recommender.

*We also require our candidates to have a Memorandum of Agreement from their Superintendent. This document will be secured by Georgetown College.


Curriculum Contract

Complete and submit the Curriculum Contract


Copy of your Teaching Certificate

If you are certified in a state other than Kentucky, submit a copy of your teaching certificate online or by email or fax as directed below. Candidates for the MA in Education with School Principal Certification (P-12) are required to hold a current Kentucky Teaching Certificate or be eligible for a Kentucky Teaching Certificate with three years of documented teaching experience in a public school or appropriate nonpublic school as determined by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.


Admissions Portfolio

Candidates are required to submit an entrance portfolio which includes the following:

  • Personal Essay
    - 2-4 page essay discussing your journey as an educator, your reasoning behind desiring to become a principal, and your leadership potential. Use the artifacts listed below as evidence to demonstrate your potential to be an effective school leader that can have a positive effect on student learning. Please include documentation of 3 years of teaching experience including the school(s) and employment dates.
  • Most Recent Performance Appraisal
    - A copy of your evaluation from your principal
    - A copy of your personal professional growth plan
  • ProfessionalDevelopment
    - A copy of your School Improvement Plan and / or district improvement plan and documentation of your contribution to that plan.
    - Copies of certificates of Attendance and Completion of Professional Development Activities from the past two years
  • Evidence of Ability to Improve Student Achievement
    - Before and after testing data (classroom or building – state and/or local), subgroup testing data, gaps analysis data
  • Evidence of Leadership Potential
    ​- Evidence of leadership roles within committees (minutes), directing and/or leading professional development activities, supervising Professional Learning Communities, participation in local or state committees or boards

Please clearly label each section. Click the button to upload your entrance portfolio.


4 C's

Please answer the writing prompt using critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.


Successful Interview with the Selection Committee

Candidates for the MA in Education with School Principal Certification (P-12) are required to complete a successful interview with the selection committee. You will be contacted to schedule your interview once all other documents in your application file have been received and reviewed. Interviews may be conducted face-to-face, via online conference technology such as Skype, or via telephone depending on your distance from campus and the availability of the committee.