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Summer Principals Academy

The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership

Admissions Requirements and Application Procedures


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Candidate Profile

The ideal SPA NYC candidate:

  • Demonstrates a continuous commitment to equity across race, class and gender identity;
  • Possesses a vision of learning that promotes the success of all students;
  • Effectively sets goals and establishes benchmarks to assess student and teacher progress;
  • Acts consistently with integrity and fairness to ensure the respect of all stakeholders;
  • Demonstrates a belief that all stakeholders play a critical role in facilitating student achievement;
  • Applies creativity, passion, and endurance in adapting to challenges; 
  • Thrives amidst collaboration and constructive feedback; and
  • Is eager to self-reflect and pursue opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Admissions Criteria

SPA NYC applicants must be able to verify or provide the following:

  • Three years of full-time, paid teaching experience (please note that applications may be submitted as prospective students complete their third year of teaching);
  • A current position in a public school setting in the United States; 
  • A commitment to serving as a leader in a public school setting;
  • A demonstrated track record of student achievement as an urban school educator;
  • A minimum of one year of leadership experience (may include formal and informal roles). Formal roles include, but are not limited to: assistant principal, principal, dean; informal roles include, but are not limited to: grade or content team leader, project/initiative leader or director, liaison. All informal positions must be roles assigned by the school's principal; 
  • A completed and signed Institutional Endorsement Form verifying that your school and principal have agreed to serve as the site for the administrative internship; and
  • A commitment to be present an engaged at all times for the following program activities /dates on the Teachers College campus:
    • New Student Orientation: April 27-28, 2019
    • Summer I: June 22-July 27, 2019
    • Callback Weekend: January 11-12, 2020
    • Summer II: June 21-July 25, 2020


Application Materials & Deadlines

  • An online application to Teachers College;
  • A professional resume/CV;
  • A 12-15 minute teaching video including evidence of both direct and small-group instruction, as well as evidence of supporting students through the learning process and meeting the diverse needs of all learners; 
  • GRE or MAT scores;
  • Three professional letters of recommendation, including one from your current principal;
  • A statement of purpose that reflects on your leadership experiences; 
  • The SPA NYC Topic Essay, which focuses on racial equity;
  • A completed and signed Institutional Endorsement Form ; and
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where you received academic credit (Please note that SPA NYC offers students two pathways to the Master's Degree in Education Leadership: the Masters in Education pathway for students who enter the program with a minimum of 24 credits of previously earned graduate coursework, and the Master of Arts pathway for students who do not possess 24 previously earned graduate credits. Be sure to indicate, based on previously acquired graduate coursework as evidenced by your transcripts, the degree program to which you are applying.) 

Priority Deadline: December 15, 2018

Final Deadline: January 15, 2018


Filing the FAFSA

Once your application for admission has been submitted to Teachers College, please be certain to submit your FAFSA applications. The institutional code for Teachers College is G03979.  Please be certain to select Teachers College; do not select Columbia University.   

Application Review Process

All applications for admission to the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College are reviewed by a team of administrators and faculty members.  Candidates who successfully complete the document review process will invited to join the admissions team for a virtual interview.  After a careful review of each candidate's application materials and interview feedback, the admissions team conducts a holistic assessment and makes a recommendation to our Office of Admissions.

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