Are you an educator seeking certification in New York State as a School Building Leader (SBL) or a School District Leader (SDL)? Of, do you live in or near Massachusetts and wish to earn credits toward administrative licensure?

Immerse yourself in the arts at MCLA's innovative residential summer Leadership Academy in educational administration, where participants have the opportunity to complete 12 graduate credits in just over two weeks.

Previous participants say this high-quality residential program was transformative.

"Our nation needs innovative leaders in education. The MCLA Leadership Academy, based on a rigorous curriculum and taught by nationally recognized professors, provides an intensive summer experience," said Monica Joslin, MCLA dean of academic affairs. "I am proud to state that the Leadership Academy at MCLA has received accolades and praise from prior years' participants.

Because MCLA is in culturally rich Berkshire County, an important aspect of the program is integration of the arts -- including theater, visual art, dance, music, literature and poetry -- with the theory and practice of leadership in education. In addition to your coursework, you will visit venues such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Clark, Jacob's Pillow, Tanglewood and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

This summer, educators will be exposed to coursework in human relations and staff development, school law and organizational theory, as well as ethics for administrators.

Leadership Academy is open to educators with a Master's degree, a minimum of three years of K-12 experience and/or any school adminstrator who is seeking Educational Administrative Licensure.  The graduate credits from the Leaderhip Academy sessions can be applied toward MCLA's Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS).

Credits are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and are accepted for licensure in Massachusetts. For those living outside of the Commonwealth, a license from Massachusetts may be transferred to several nearby states.

Two sessions of the Leadership Academy will be offered this summer. Session I runs July 2-17 and Session II runs July 21-Aug. 5.

For more information, go to our Web page at leadership , or call 413-662-5382.