Leadership Academy 2023

The 2023 Leadership Academy Cohort will run from
July 2023 - July 2024.

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Cohort is April 15, 2023.


Accepted Students Virtual Orientation Sessions (choose one):

Tuesday May 9, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. 

Wednesday May 10, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m.



Leadership Academy 2023student in class

We are pleased to announce that the application process for the 2023 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Leadership Academy is open. The application deadline is April 15, 2023.  Please feel free to share this brochure with colleagues:  Leadership Academy 2023

The 2023 Leadership Academy will launch on July 7, 2023 with an on-campus, in-person 14-day 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.  The Leadership Academy is dedicated to transformative leadership and embeds MA DESE's anti-racist leadership competencies in all course work and field experiences.

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;

  • 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 Principal/Assistant Principal and Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent;

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

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

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 Leadership Academy/CAGS or contact us at leadershipacademy@mcla.edu.

Marianne R. Young
Leadership Academy Director


  • Three years’ experience teaching
  • 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.


Application for Summer 2023: Leadership Academy 2023

Site Supervisor Credential Form

The application deadline is April 15, 2023.


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

Program email:  leadershipacademy@mcla.edu

Telephone:  413-662-5198