The program information below is for academic year 2020-2021. We are dedicated to helping you prepare for an impactful career in education by offering powerful learning experiences and field-based opportunities that will develop critical professional skills. We encourage you learn more about our reimagined Master's in Education.
In the School Leadership Program (SLP), you will join a dynamic and diverse cohort of experienced teachers and education professionals ready to develop and hone your leadership knowledge, practice, and skills. SLP provides an exciting learning experience with a focus on race, equity, and excellence. The combination of research, theory and practice prepares students to lead change, schools and organizations, people, and learning.
Playing a leadership role in education is something that's joyful. It's a way to improve the world; it's a way to provide service and it's a way to benefit children – our most precious resource.
Senior Lecturer Mary Grassa O'Neill, faculty director
SLP is a program that engages you in learning experiences to develop critical leadership skills and make a real difference in the lives of learners. The many strengths of SLP include:
- Cohort and Community – All SLP students share a desire to be influential agents of change, turning around underperforming institutions, and making already good schools and organizations even better. The diverse experiences and perspectives of your close-knit cohort will enrich your HGSE experience and support you as you move into leadership roles. You will develop strong bonds and a supportive learning community through participation in various cohort and community-building virtual activities hosted by your program, student organizations, and HGSE faculty and staff.
- Fieldwork and Internships – Internships provide a lot of value to your academic experience while providing you excellent knowledge and skills to build your resume. While Field Experiences will continue to be an important part of the HGSE learning experience, logistical and other program details are subject to modification for academic year 2020-21. Internships will not be required for SLP for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Principal Licensure Strand will not be offered in 2020-2021.
The School Leadership Program curriculum is rigorous but flexible, structured in a way that focuses on the development of change agents. You will study core concepts and topics, ranging from management and finance through to entrepreneurship, organizational change, and instructional leadership. You will complete 32 credits in total, made up of core courses, leadership electives, and general electives.
- Core Courses (12 credits)
- A310H Race, Equity, and Leadership
- A310X Leading Change: Cultivating Skills for School Leadership and Management
- A310Y Leading People: Cultivating Skills for School Leadership and Management
- A333Y Strategic Leadership: Schools, Organizations, and Start-Ups
- A334Y Strategic Leadership: Schools, Organizations, and Start-Ups
- A course on school law
- Leadership Electives (8 credits)
- General Electives (12 credits)
See my.harvard for a complete list of courses.
HGSE consists of a faculty of the whole and students can work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty that SLP students most often work with include:
Alumni & Student Profiles
All SLP students share a desire to be influential agents of change, turning around underperforming institutions and making already good schools and organizations even better. Our alumni can be found in leadership positions around the U.S. and the world, working in organizations, and public, charter, independent, faith-based, and international schools, in roles such as: principal, assistant principal, head of school, school founder, director of education and leadership, and program director.
Lisa Cenca, Ed.M.'21, recipient of the Phyllis Strimling Award, is a leader in designing enriching educational opportunities for girls.
The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for School Leadership reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.
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