School Leadership

Teachers College Summer Principals Academy (SPA) - Columbia University

The Summer Principals Academy (SPA) 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 aspiring school leaders are encouraged to construct transforming possibilities for student learning, school improvement, social equity, and opportunity. SPA strives to prepare leaders to create the innovative schools that our nation and world need.

The Summer Principals Academy is a cohort program enrolling over 180 graduate students each year in a rigorous 14-month, 36-credit program. Courses are delivered over two consecutive, five-week summer sessions with a 450-hour administrative internship during the intervening school year. Graduates of the Summer Principals Academy earn a master's degree (MA or Ed.M) from Columbia University and receive an institutional recommendation for New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification upon successful completion of the program.

Skills needed to enter the program or role:

  • At least three years of full-time teaching experience
  • At least one year of leadership experience (may include formal and informal roles)
  • Valid NYS teaching certificate
  • Endorsement from network, cluster, and/or building leader
  • Commitment to serving as a leader in the DOE
  • Demonstrated track record of success as an urban educator

Skills gained:

  • Leadership competencies
  • Managerial competencies
  • Professional development
  • Pedagogical philosophy
  • Habits of mind

Key dates:

  • Priority application deadline: December 15, 2013
  • Final application deadline: February 15, 2014
  • Program dates: June 30, 2014 - August 1, 2014

Program Contact:

Max Turner at