Administrative Leadership

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Administrative Leadership

Be the leader that students need now.

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 ESE's new, 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 educator for all students- Bring together content frameworks and effective instructional practices that work for all of your students

We offer the unique hallmarks of CES licensure programs that you rely on:

  • Our program combines theory and practice. Seasoned educators introduce you to new teaching strategies and tools for the classroom so you can gain a practical understanding of how and why they work for students

  • Our blended learning environment is grounded in over 10 years of experience with relationship building both online and in person.

  • Masked or unmasked. In person or remote, our program prepares you to make strong connections with your students.

The CES program offers robust advisory support, and important content to address educational technology and educational data - both critical skills for 21st century leaders. 

Complete our online form to request a call from an advisor to answer your questions.


To enroll in CES’ ESE-approved educator 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 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 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education administrative licensure requirements (exceptions are granted on a case by case basis)

For the Supervisor/Director license:

A Master’s Degree in the arts or sciences in one of the core or non-core academic subjects the candidate will supervise or at least 18 credits of advanced graduate studies in one of the core or non-core academic subjects the candidate will supervise. Role and level for this administrator license will depend on the candidate's existing license.

  • Completion of 10 required courses
  • Completion of the Educational Leadership and Management Supervised Practicum
  • Demonstration of required competencies in the Performance Assessment for Leaders (P.A.L.) Tasks
MTEL Requirements: 
  • Communication and Literacy Skills Test

A 500-hour Supervised Practicum in the role of the license sought is required. Email to learn more about the Practicum.

Graduate Credit: 

All courses may be taken for graduate credit.

For more information, contact: 
Director of Licensure and Credentialing
413.586.4900 x5942