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Marian University offers a Building Level Administrator licensure program

Building Level Administrator

Do you have a passion for improving the educational experience for all students? If you want to make a positive impact on the world as an educator, researcher, policy-maker, and a service-minded leader of character and integrity, learn more about our building level administrator program.

Marian University's licensure program for building level administrators enables you to develop the knowledge and skills you need for career success as a school principal, program director, and administrator.

Upon completion, you'll be prepared for leadership positions in elementary and secondary school settings.

Program overview

Each fall, Marian University admits a cohort of 25 students for our part-time, three-year building level administrator program.

During the first 12 months, you will complete a curriculum delivered through a combination of on-campus sessions, supplemental reading, and research. This foundational coursework requires extensive collaboration with your cohort peers.

The remaining 24 months are structured as a mentor program consisting of ongoing professional support after you obtain a school leadership position.

  • Leadership assessment, support, and educational research (LASER) teams comprised of Marian University faculty mentors, school-based personnel, and business, civic, and governmental executives provide you with energetic, reliable assistance, counsel, and support.
  • You'll meet with your mentor three times weekly and two Saturdays per month for debriefing conversations and supporting coursework. Based on your position and career path, your mentor may assign or recommend materials and tools that fit your unique leadership role.
  • By the end of the two-year period, you will experience a quantifiable improvement in your professional development, learning, and abilities.

Once you successfully complete the program, you are eligible for a Building Level Administrator License from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). 

What will you study?

Our curriculum is delivered by expert faculty with broad, deep knowledge about today's K-12 educational environment. It combines academic rigor with hands-on learning opportunities that facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, skill, and traits needed for career success. The program is organized into six curriculum strands.

  1. Systems thinking and authentic leadership
  2. Culture of high-performing schools
  3. Teacher performance and student learning
  4. Statistical analysis for improved student learning
  5. Curriculum leadership:
    • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
    • English/language communication
  6. High-performance schools: mentor program

Eligibility and admission

We accept outstanding teachers who want to be school innovators who improve teaching and learning outcomes in their communities. To be eligible for admission, you must have a verifiable:

  • Indiana K-12 teaching or school counselor license
  • Master's degree in education* or other field with a minimum 3.00 GPA

*Many students in this program have or are in the process of completing a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree from Marian University. Talk with Dr. LaTonya Turner, associate dean for academic quality and director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership, for specifics.

To apply for admission:

  • Go to marian.edu/applynow and click the link for "graduate students."
  • Send us official transcripts from every college and/or university that you've attended. Official transcripts are those which are sent directly to Marian University from the schools you've attended or those which are delivered to us in a sealed envelope from the school. Official transcripts may be printed on special paper. They are also embossed with the school's official seal. If you have opened the transcript's sealed envelope, it is NOT official and we cannot accept it.
  • Complete a limited criminal history check through the Indiana State Police.
  • Provide us with three letters of recommendation from professional references.
  • Complete our application questionnaire.
  • Participate in a phone interview during which we'll measure your leadership competencies.
  • Complete a behavioral interview so that we can evaluate your leadership actions.

For general admission information

College of Graduate and Online Programs
(317) 955-6128

For program specifics

Dr. LaTonya Turner
Associate Dean for Academic Quality & Director, Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership
(317) 955-6427


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