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Summer Principals Academy NOLA
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Application Requirements and Procedures

The SPA NOLA program will soon be accepting applications for the 2016 Cohort.

Download your Institutional/District Endorsement form here.


  • A minimum of three years teaching experience.  Applicants must also be certified teachers or on track to receive certification prior to starting the program. 
  • Institutional or District Superintendent Endorsement: 
Completion of the winter term module (consisting of a combined site based internship/distance learning unit) requires completing a field-based internship performed where you are presently teaching - the sponsoring school.  We view your local school system as an important partner in the development of your leadership skills and we look forward to working with them in nurturing the growth of your leadership abilities.

As such this will require the appropriate institutional or district superintendent endorsements. A link to the endorsement form is  below. This form lets us know that your school or district has authorized your participation in the program while agreeing to serve as the site for the field-based internship and needs to be signed and returned to the admissions office in order for your application to be considered complete. The specific details of that internship will be developed both prior and during the initial summer term through advisement with program faculty and your school principal.  The procedure by which your internship takes shape is outlined more fully in the following Endorsement Form. Click on the link below to download the form for New Orleans.

New Orleans Cohort Institutional/District Endorsement Form

Submit an Online Application including:
  • A thoughtful statement of purpose. Your statement of purpose should address the following:  (1) Please describe any formal or informal leadership experiences you have had and what you have learned from them; and (2) Why do you believe SPA could be an appropriate program for furthering your leadership skills?(Upload to online application as "Statement of Purpose")
  • A copy of your current resume
  • Two professional or academic references(The online system will ask for contact information for recommenders, once provided, the system will contact them directly. Do not have them submit paper copies)
  • Official copy of your undergraduate transcript
  • Copies of all post-secondary transcripts from all academic institutions from which you have received academic credit

Please inform us if you are one of the following:  Teach for America alumni; New York City Teaching Fellow; Graduate of TC.

Application Deadlines and Protocol:

  • The Summer Principals Academy 2016 program application priority deadline is December 15, 2015.  
  • The Summer Principals Academy 2016 program application final deadline is March 1, 2016.
  • Please note:  At this time, Teachers College can not place non-employed teachers in internships. If you are not currently actively teaching, it is your responsibility to find a sponsoring school where you will perform the internship during the intervening academic year. 
Requirements to obtain an M.A. Degree

Apply for an M.A. degree if you have less than 24 prior graduate credits.

Requirements to obtain an Ed.M Degree

Apply for an Ed.M degree if you have 24 or more prior graduate credits.