Leadership Academy 2021


Leadership Conference 2022

On Campus and Virtual

July 7 & 8, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Leadership Conference 2022 Program

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We are pleased to announce that the application process for the 2021 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Leadership Academy is open. The application deadline is April 15, 2021.

The 2021 Leadership Academy will launch in July 2021 with an online residency.   

MCLA’s Leadership Academy has existed since 1997, and during this time, over 2,000 school and district leaders have obtained administrative credentials while strengthening their commitment to equity and justice in their schools and all schools, expanding content knowledge, experiencing the influence of cultural venues on learning, and establishing lasting professional connections with faculty and peers. 

The MCLA Leadership Academy is sanctioned by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is designed for educators who seek to advance professionally while working.  Here are some of its unique facets:    

  • a 12-month program (individual pre-work is required beginning about six weeks prior to the first residency);

  • affordable, public college tuition/fee rates;

  • accomplished and experienced faculty from across the nation;

  • an initial  two-week summer residency, two  weekend  residencies, online courses, internships/practicums, and a culminating four-day summer leadership conference;

  • college supervisors who travel to school/district sites to support internships;

  • approved licenses for Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent, Principal/Assistant Principal, and Supervisor/Director;

  •  pathway to New York licensure as School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL); and

  • an additional 9-credit research sequence to complete a CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study) which can be transferred for credits into the Texas A&M Doctoral Educational Leadership Program. 

The program requirements and costs are outlined in these additional documents:  

If you have questions and would like more detailed information regarding MCLA’s Leadership Academy, please visit http://www.mcla.edu/leadership or contact us at leadershipacademy@mcla.edu.

Marianne R. Young
Leadership Academy Director


  • A current Initial (or higher) teaching license
  • Three years’ experience teaching under this license
  • A master's degree
  • Completion of application materials including: 
    • two letters of recommendation,
    • a personal statement,
    • and an official Master’s Degree transcript.
  • A completed Site Supervisor Letter of Endorsement form from the licensed (minimum three years) school administrator who will oversee the candidate’s internship.


Leadership Academy 2021 Application

Site Supervisor Candidate Endorsement Form

The application deadline is April 15, 2021.


Marianne Young, Director:  marianne.young@mcla.edu

Program email:  leadershipacademy@mcla.edu