School Leadership Academy

The School Leadership Academy prepares teachers, counselors, and other educational professionals to take on administrative and leadership positions at a school site level. You will learn frameworks for problem-solving, how to use data to make decisions, how to supervise and evaluate teaching and learning, how to navigate political, cultural and community relations to get things done, how to use social media to reach your stakeholders and how to think entrepreneurially in developing school resources. All of this is put into the application through a two-term fieldwork grounded in your school site.

This fully online program is led by experienced and successful school administrators who guide you throughout the 15-month program in real-time and support you in your flex-time work as well.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) issued by the USC Rossier School of Education align with the Carnegie Continuing Education Unit Credits. Every 10 hours of learning equals one CEU. A student who successfully completes the program earns 35.5 CEUs which represents 350-400 hours of learning. A three (3) unit semester graduate credit course is equal to 45 hours of learning for comparison. Individual districts determine how they will apply CEU credit. If you intend to use CEUs towards your salary points, step credit, etc., it is highly recommended that you notify your HR department in advance of your intentions of taking a credential program.

Hear from Jeremy Hoffman, Assistant Principal, who is a graduate of USC Rossier School of Education’s School Leadership Academy about his experience in the program:

What was the professional tipping point that led you to seek the administrative credential?

Why did you select USC Rossier School of Education’s School Leadership Academy?

California Administrators Performance Assessment

Beginning May 31, 2018, all CTC approved preliminary administrative credential programs must participate in the California Administrators Performance Assessment (CalAPA). This is a required assessment. Through the CalAPA, candidates demonstrate the knowledge and skills tied to the California Administrators Performance Expectations (CAPE), the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSL), and the California Administrators Content Expectations (CACE) in order to receive the Preliminary Administrative Credential and serve as a school leader. Focusing on instructional leadership and school improvement leadership, the CalAPA is designed to assess a candidate’s preparedness prior to entering a school as an administrator.

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Curriculum Overview


To apply the concepts taught in the School Leadership Academy, each participant will take on an apprenticeship upon initial enrollment in the program. All of the learning activities are driven by the needs of the practicing administrator in the field and aligns with ISLLC, CTC, and CPSEL standards. Building on this solid curriculum base, your tailored apprenticeship experience is guided by a member of the faculty team who coordinates with your field supervisor ensure satisfactory completion of program standards using formative assessments. Participants are responsible for identifying a Site Supervisor and completing 200 hours of Fieldwork over the course of two semesters.