Accelerated School Leadership

Transforming Education through Expert Leadership


Application Deadlines for the Summer 2015-2016 Cohort

Preferential Consideration deadline for applications is February 15, 2015.

Information Session

Interested in our program? Come learn more about it at our next information session.

Tuesday, November 4
7:00-8:00 PM
Building 4, Room 122
SMU-in-Plano, 5236 Tennyson Parkway
RSVP to edleader@smu.edu

or

Wednesday, January 14
4:30-6:30 PM
Room 138
Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall
RSVP to edleader@smu.edu

 

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 13 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, EDU 6391 meets 2 days per week, and the Portfolio Seminar meets on an as-needed basis.  

Cost

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

Faculty

Lee Alvoid, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Department Chair

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

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

Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, Ph.D., Associate Professor

For More Information

E-Mail:  EdLeader@smu.edu