Accelerated School Leadership

Transforming Education through Expert Leadership

Application Deadlines for the Summer 2016-2017 Cohort

Preferential Consideration deadline for applications is February 12, 2016.

The Program

The Accelerated School Leadership Program is a rigorous degree program designed to prepare educators for a variety of leadership positions in pre-K through grade-12 public, charter, private secular, and religious schools. The curriculum is designed in accordance with Texas principal certification requirements and national standards for principal preparation.

To this end, the program offers the following unique features.

  • Comprehensive Academic Leadership component:  A series of courses focused on the core domains of instruction as well as special programs such as fine arts and Special Education.
  • Field-based projects (internship experiences) integrated throughout the program and completed on each student's campus of employment.
  • Quarter system enabling students to complete the M.Ed. program in 14 months as part of a cohort.
  • A focus on ensuring that all graduates have the knowledge and skills to evaluate the impact of their leadership on the schools in which they serve. 

Freqently Asked Questions

Program Structure

This 40-credit-hour program begins in June with 2 courses and a one-week internship. Each 7-week module in the fall and spring consists of three 2-credit courses. In addition, the second module in each semester includes a 2-credit Field Studies course, which involves internship activities on the student's campus of employment. During the fall and spring academic terms, classes meet for approximately 4 hours on Wednesday evenings and all day on Saturdays. During the final summer, EPL 6391 meets 4 days per week in June, and the Portfolio Seminar meets on an as-needed basis.  


This program offers reduced tuition, and merit-based scholarships are available. Students are eligible to apply for financial aid. After successful completion of EPL 6375 and EPL 6140 in the first summer of the program, students are eligible to apply for partial, merit-based scholarships.


Gail Hartin, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Program Director

W. Les Black, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor

Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, Ph.D., Professor


Information Session
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Simmons Room 138

Alumni Advisory Board
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Simmons Room 138

Information Session
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
SMU-in-Plano, Room 4-122