Leadership Academy 2022

The 2022 Leadership Academy Cohort concludes on June 9, 2023.

Leadership Conference 2023 Program

Register to attend Leadership Conference 2023

Applications for the 2024 cohort will be accepted beginning 

October 1, 2023.

Leadership Academy 2022student in class

The application process for the 2022 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Leadership Academy is closed.  The application for the 2023 cohort will open on October 1, 2022.  

The 2022 Leadership Academy launched on July 8, 2022 with an on-campus, in-person 14-day residency.   

MCLA’s Leadership Academy has existed since 1997, and during this time, over 2,000 school and district leaders have obtained administrative credentials while strengthening their commitment to equity and justice in their schools and all schools, expanding content knowledge, experiencing the influence of cultural venues on learning, and establishing lasting professional connections with faculty and peers. 

The MCLA Leadership Academy is sanctioned by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is designed for educators who seek to advance professionally while working.  Here are some of its unique facets:    

  • a 12-month program (individual pre-work is required beginning about six weeks prior to the first residency);

  • affordable, public college tuition/fee rates;

  • accomplished and experienced faculty from across the nation;

  • an initial two-week summer residency, two weekend residencies, online courses, internships/practicums, and a culminating four-day summer leadership conference;

  • College Supervisors who travel to school/district sites to support internships;

  • approved licenses for Principal/Assistant Principal and Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent;

  • pathway to New York licensure as School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL); and

  • an additional 9-credit research sequence to complete a CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study) in Educational Leadership, credits which can be transferred into the Texas A&M Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. 

The program requirements and costs are outlined in these additional documents:  

If you have questions and would like more detailed information regarding MCLA’s Leadership Academy, please visit http://www.mcla.edu/leadership or contact us at leadershipacademy@mcla.edu.

Marianne R. Young
Leadership Academy Director


  • Three years’ experience teaching
  • A master's degree
  • Completion of application materials including: 
    • two letters of recommendation
    • a personal statement
    • and an official master’s degree transcript
  • A completed Site Supervisor Letter of Endorsement form from the licensed (minimum three years) school administrator who will oversee the candidate’s internship.


Leadership Academy 2022 Application

Site Supervisor Candidate Endorsement Form

The application deadline is April 30, 2022.


Marianne Young, Director:  marianne.young@mcla.edu

Program email:  leadershipacademy@mcla.edu

Telephone:  413-662-5198