Summer Principals Academy - NOLA

Summer Principals Academy Program

Welcome to the Summer Principals Academy | NOLA

The Summer Principals Academy is a transformative graduate program committed to developing school leaders and promoting equity and excellence in education through an enriching, hands-on curriculum and administrative internships. Our rich, adaptive cohort learning environment allows you to earn your M.A. or Ed.M. over two consecutive five-week summer sessions while continuing to work in your current position. We also have a sister program in New York. 


The Teacher's College Difference


The Summer Principals Academy’s courses are designed to challenge and prepare students to solve real-world, modern day problems and to become creative, forward-thinking leaders.



Real World Experience

Students gain valuable experience engaging in an internship as well as utilize skills from classes to carry out a final project addressing the challenges that students in public schools today face.



Meet Us!

The Teachers College faculty and staff are equipped with extensive backgrounds in leadership, teaching, and research to help students and alumni become the leaders of the future. 


Choose Your Degree


The Master of Arts (M.A.) pathway for student leaders who wish to become principals but do not have 24 previously earned graduate credits.

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 36
  • Entry Terms: Summer Only


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  • LA Educational Leader Certificate (ELC)

Application Deadlines

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) program is for aspiring principals who have a minimum of 24 credits of previously earned graduate work.

Master of Education

  • Points/Credits: 60 (including transferred graduate coursework)
  • Entry Terms: Summer Only


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  • LA Educational Leader Certificate (ELC)

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): March 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Master's degree required



MARION, AL – November 2020 – After receiving the highest external evaluation score of the 2020 cycle, Mr. Darren Ramalho, a 2019 Alumni of Summer Principals Academy (SPA) at Teachers College Columbia University, received notice that his application for Breakthrough Charter School had been approved by the Alabama Public Charter School Commission and was on its way to becoming a reality. After transitioning out of the classroom in 2019, Ramalho fundraised nearly two million dollars for his dream of improving Alabama public schools with support from numerous local organizations in Perry County.

New Orleans, L.A. – November 2020 – Brittany Brooks, Deontré Clayton, and Courtney Green-Calhoun have been selected as the first-ever recipients of the Kenan Charitable Trust Scholarship. The KCT Scholarship at Summer Principals Academy | New Orleans (SPA|NOLA) is made possible by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, which serves to promote the importance of education and provides grants in the areas of education, arts, and arts education. Due to the generosity of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, Teachers College Columbia University prides itself on extending scholarship offers to aspiring school leaders in financial support of their attendance to SPA|NOLA.

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Admissions Information

Application Requirements

  • Public School Building Leadership (Summer Principals Academy - New Orleans)

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