Administrative Leadership

Become an administrative leader by earning the Principal/Assistant Principal (preK-8 or 5-12) or Supervisor/Director License.

Our Approach

Our program prepares candidates for Initial Licensure as Principal or Assistant Principal at the PreK-8, or 5-12 level, or as a Supervisor/Director. Approved under the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) rigorous standards, the CES program prepares candidates to:

  • Be an instructional leader – Reach out beyond the classroom to collaborate with colleagues, administration, families & communities to create the best learning opportunities for your students.

  • Be an agent for positive social change – Promote equity and anti-racist education in your practice and educational community.

  • Be an impactful educational leader for all students – Integrate standards, frameworks and effective research-based instructional practices that work for all of your students.

Our Program offers robust advisory support, and important content to address educational technology and educational data – both critical skills for 21st century leaders. 


Portrait of a mixed race teacher with tattoos in the school hall. She has her arms folded and is smiling for the camera.

The support from instructors and colleagues was unmatched.

— CES Licensure Program Candidate

Going through the program has helped me think more broadly and understand the role of principal in a school.”

— CES Administrator License Program Candidate


To enroll in CES’ DESE-approved administrative leadership preparation program, candidates for licensure as Principal/Assistant Principal (PreK-8, 5-12), or Supervisor/Director must present evidence that meets these requirements:

  • Successful completion of the Communication & Literacy MA Test for Education Licensure (MTEL)
  • Completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public school, private school, higher education, or other educational setting accepted by the Department, in addition to all DESE administrative licensure requirements (exceptions are granted on a case by case basis)

For the Supervisor/Director license:

Requires an Initial or Professional teacher/teacher specialist license in the core or non-core area. Role and level for this administrator license will depend on the candidate’s existing license.

Program Requirements

MTEL Requirements

  • Communication and Literacy Skills Test


A 500-hour Supervised Practicum in the role of the license sought is required.

Graduate Credit

All courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Liza Manchester

Liza Manchester joined CES Licensure Programs in 2016. She is the point of contact for inquiries about the Licensure program as well as coordinates admissions, advising, and the practicum semester for all teacher licensure candidates. Liza hosts regular online information sessions about CES Teacher Licensure Programs. Prior to CES, Liza worked in community-based organizations and higher education in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Position: Candidate Advising and Practicum Manager


Phone: (413) 239-2398

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