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Application Procedures and Requirements
Information regarding the Summer Principals Academy's admission requirements and application submission process is included below.
- Demonstrates a continuous commitment to equity across race, class and gender;
- Possess a vision of learning that promotes the success of all students;
- Demonstrates the ability to set goals and establish benchmarks to assess progress;
- Acts consistently with integrity and fairness to ensure that all stakeholders are treated respectfully;
- Demonstrates a belief that all stakeholders play a critical role in facilitating student achievement;
- Possesses the ability to thrive in high-pressure environments;
- Applies creativity, passion, and endurance to adaptive challenges;
- Possesses self-reflective competencies, and eagerly pursues opportunities for personal and professional growth.
- Three years of full-time paid teaching experience;
- Current position in a public school setting; Please Note: The Summer Principals Academy cannot place non-employed educators in Administrative Internships. If you are currently teaching, it is your responsibility to secure an endorsement from your school building leader to conduct your administrative internship at the school site.
- Commitment to serving as a leader in a public school setting;
- Demonstrated track record of success as an urban school educator;
- Minimum of one year of leadership experience (may include formal and informal roles). Formal roles include: Assistant Principal, Principal and School Director. Informal roles include: Grade or Content Team Lead, Dean of Discipline or Dean of Instruction, and Professional Development Leader. All informal positions must be assigned by the principal.
- Institutional Endorsement Form
- Applicants must live and work in the United States.
During the intervening school year, students are required to complete a 450- hour 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 endorsements, which informs us that your school has agreed to serve as the site for the Administrative Internship. The Institutional Endorsement Form needs to be signed and returned to the Office of Admissions in order for your application to be considered complete.
- An Online Application: Please be reminded that the code for the Summer Principals Academy is ELBL. Directions for completing the application can be found here. A checklist of required materials is provided below.
- PDF copy of your application: before submitting your application online, please download a copy of your application and e-mail the document along with your resume and personal statement to our SPA admissions team at email@example.com
- A Professional Resume
- 12-15 minute teaching video
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions from where you received academic credit
- Two professional letters of recommendation
- A thoughtful Statement of Purpose
- Institutional Endorsement Form
Please Note: The GRE or MAT is required for admission to SPA, scores are not used in making admission decisions.
Feel free to call 347-903-0369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the GRE or MAT
Submission of Application Materials
All required components should be uploaded directly into the online application. In addition to submitting the your application through the online portal, before clicking 'submit', please download a PDF copy of your application and e-mail the document along with your resume and personal statement to email@example.com
Priority Deadline: December 15, 2017.
Final Deadline: February 15, 2018.
The application for our 2018 cohort will go live early Fall.
Once your application for admission has been submitted to Teachers College, please be certain to submit FAFSA applications for two consecutive years (the current & next academic year). The institutional code for Teachers College is G03979. Please be certain to select Teachers College; do not select Columbia University.
Pathways to the Degree
The Summer Principals Academy offers students two pathways to the Master's Degree in Education Leadership. Admitted students who enter the program with a minimum of 24 credits of previously earned graduate coursework pursue the 60-credit Master of Education. The Master of Arts pathway is designed for admitted students who do not possess 24 previously earned graduate credits at the time of matriculation. Please be certain to indicate, based on previously acquired graduate coursework, the degree program to which you are applying.
Application Review Process
All applications for admission to the Summer Principals Academy are reviewed by a team of administrators and faculty. Candidates who successfully pass the document review are invited to join the admissions team for a Skype interview. After a careful review of the candidates' application materials and interview, the admissions team conducts a holistic assessment and makes a recommendation to the Office of Admissions.
Our priority deadline is December 15, 2017; the final application deadline is February 15, 2018.
A completed application should include the following materials:
- Online Application
- PDF Copy of your Application: Before submitting your application online, please download a PDF copy of your application and email the document along with your resume and personal statement to our SPA admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Institutional Endorsement Form
- A 12-15 minute teaching video
- A Professional Resume
- Two Professional Letters of Recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions from where you received academic credit.
- GRE/MAT scores* Your score must be submitted before matriculation to the program, they are not used in making admission decisions.
- Pay Application Fee
* Feel free to call 347-903-0369 or email email@example.com if you have questions about the GRE/MAT
Here are a few things that are helpful to keep in mind to ensure that the application process is as seamless as possible:
1. When submitting transcripts with your application, you can upload unofficial copies directly into to the online portal. If admitted, you will be asked to provide official copies.
2. The Institutional Endorsement Form must be signed by your principal and uploaded into the application portal before the application can be submitted.
3. Download a PDF copy of your application BEFORE submitting your application. You will not be able to access your application after it has been submitted. Retain a copy for your records and email the downloaded application along with your resume and personal statement to our SPA admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Select the correct degree pathway: Admitted students who enter the program with a minimum of 24 credits of previously earned graduate coursework pursue the 60-credit Master of Education. The Master of Arts pathway is designed for admitted students who do not possess 24 previously earned graduate credits at the time of matriculation. Please be certain to indicate, based on previously acquired graduate coursework, the degree program to which you are applying.
For your application to be reviewed and processed by the admissions team, you must pay the Application Fee. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Important Program Dates
SPA Attendance Policy
Given the executive nature of the Summer Principals Academy, attendance for all orientation sessions, class meetings, and weekend events is mandatory. SPA has a long-standing policy that work-related responsibilities – prom, graduation, exam proctoring – social events – weddings, family reunions, birthdays and family commitments – childcare – are not permissible reasons for arriving late or missing sessions. Medical emergencies, substantiated by a doctor's note, are the only instances where absences and tardiness are excused.
2018 Summer Courses
New Student Orientation will be April 28-29. Summer classes will officially begin on June 25, 2018, and conclude on July 29, 2018. Classes run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Tuesday from 8:00 am – 7:30 pm. In addition to the regular coursework, members of the cohort are expected to commit to several weekend sessions throughout the summer:
- June 25, 2018: Summer Orientation
- July 15, 2018: Coaches' Workshop
- July 22, 2018: Curriculum Development Course
- July 28, 2018: New School Design Presentations