The Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University is a transformative graduate program committed to promoting equity and excellence in education and overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between the most and least advantaged groups in this country. 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.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) pathway for student leaders who wish to become principals in urban schools, but do not have 24 previously earned graduate credits.
The Master of Education program is for aspiring urban principals who have a minimum of 24 credits of previously earned graduate work.
SPA NYC's curriculum also satisfies the requirements for initial School Building Leader (SBL) certification with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for both M.A. and Ed.M. students. Additional information about SBL certification and reciprocity for out-of-state students can be obtained from the Office of Teacher Education.
Workshops required for School Building Leader (SBL) Certification include:
PLEASE NOTE: Students working outside of NYS should refer to their own state's unique regulations to determine any additional steps or testing requirements for administrative certification.
The admissions process for the 2019 Summer Principals Academy NYC Cohort has closed. Please contact us for more information about the application process for the 2020 SPA NYC Cohort, which will be selected this winter and will join us here at Teachers College for the summers of 2020 and 2021. We also invite you to attend one of our several spring and summer information sessions (see our Events page).