Aspiring Ed Leaders Program

Be the Change. Lead Now.

Master's in Educational Leadership with Urban School Specialization 

The Aspiring Ed Leaders Program is a rigorous competency and experiential-based program designed to prepare principal leaders for the challenging environment of complex schools. Our five-year development program for aspiring school leaders is offered in partnership with SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development. This unique partnership provides the traditional coursework associated with a master’s degree, a robust in-school residency that focuses on leadership in action and continuous, in-depth training and coaching.

The initial two-years include a rigorous focus on instructional and organizational leadership and the development of effective teachers, leading to a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with Urban School Specialization. Extensive assessment, feedback, and coaching is provided during the Residency Year, with continued support in subsequent years as our Aspiring Ed Leaders assume leadership rol­­es at their schools and begin to use practices and ideas they have learned throughout the course of the program. Our graduates are prepared to make an immediate impact toward narrowing the achievement gap by leading change in their schools, with a focus on building a culture of high performance for both the students and adults.


Visit our new recruitment website to access the application, up-to-date information about the program and Frequently Asked Questions.