The Summer Principals Academy (SPA) at Teachers College, Columbia University is a transformative graduate program that is 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. To achieve this goal, our aspiring school leaders are encouraged to construct transforming possibilities for student learning, school improvement, social equity, and opportunity. While some principal preparation programs are content to prepare school leaders to perpetuate schools as they currently exist, SPA strives to prepare leaders to create the innovative schools that our nation and world need.
Our cohort model allows courses to be delivered over two consecutive five-week summer sessions and the Administrative Internship takes place during the intervening school year, where our graduate students are already place allowing them to maintain their jobs in their current schools while earning their degree.
Students’ studies in SPA conclude with the New School Design Project which serves as the capstone to the degree.
New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education.
The Master of Education (Ed.M.) program is an advanced masters degree for aspiring urban principals who have a minimum of 24 credits of previously earned graduate work. Those credits are transferred into the program, reducing the credit load to 36 credits.
The SPA New York program requires all applicants to submit a 12-15 minute teaching video. The video will provide the admission committee with an opportunity to view your pedagogical practices in your school context. Please ensure that the video includes evidence of:
The statement of purpose is available via our application. We ask that you describe a leadership experience and what you learned from that experience. In addition, we ask for a topic essay which focuses on racial equity.
To read the full questions and see the details in full, please begin your application!
For full descriptions of our courses, please see the courses section of our website.
ORLA 4001: Introduction to School Leadership and Decision Making (3 Credits)
ORLA 5018: Adult Development (3 Credits)
ORLA 5029: Supervision of Teaching and Learning (3 Credits)
ORLJ 5340: Practicum in Conflict Resolution (3 Credits)
ORLA 6020: Pro-Seminar in Leadership Development (3 Credits ea, 2 Summer Course)
ORLA 5532: Program Development: Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Continuation of ORLA 5029, Summer I)
ORLA 6460: Internship in School Leadership (6 Credits, 450 Hours)
ORLA 4033: Ethical and Legal Issues in Education Leadership (3 Credits)
ORLA 4025: Resource Allocation for Student Achievement (3 Credits)
ORLA 5025: The Ecology of Data-Driven Leadership (3 Credits)
ORLA 5012: Social Context of Education (3 Credits)
ORLA 6020 Summer II: Leadership for Social Justice