At Curry, we were given the ability to grow as leaders with the guidance of seasoned professionals. The experience was both rewarding and fulfilling. It has created opportunities and given me a new perspective that has prepared me to take on any leadership role with confidence. I have learned many new things about myself, my colleagues and the leaders in my district that has already affected my practice. This program has made a positive impact on me personally and professionally.

Mary Ann Bryan
ELL Coordinator, Weymouth Public Schools

Principal and Supervisor Licensure Program

The Curry College Principal and Supervisor Licensure Program is a unique training opportunity for aspiring school administrators. The program focuses on linking best practice with theory to achieve measurable, real-world performance goals.



Our program will prepare candidates for one of the following leadership roles:
· Principal/Assistant Principal Licensure (Pre-K-6; 5-8; 9-12), or
· Special Education Administrator (all levels), or
· Supervisor/Director (level depends on prerequisite license)

One-Year Intensive Licensure Program

Our program provides 550-hour Pre-practicum/Practicum supported by relevant coursework. Course assignments will require candidates to assume specific responsibilities in the school where they work as part of the Practicum. These responsibilities will be assessed against both practical and theoretical research-based criteria, including the most recent Massachusetts standards and evaluative instruments, to ensure that theory and practice are closely aligned.

School District Partners Identify and Support Their Selected Candidates

Curry College developed this program in collaboration with a core group of participating districts. Candidates will be nominated by their home district based on their success in their current position and leadership potential. Candidates will be paired with an experienced administrator who will serve in a mentor role.

Convenient Schedule and Blended Format

Classes are scheduled one evening a week and are delivered in a blended model - a blend of in-person discussions and online activities - to best meet the needs of busy professionals.

State-Approved Program

Curry's Principal and Supervisor Licensure Program has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Theory and Practice

The Curry College Principal Licensure Program combines theory and practice through its practicum-linked assignments.  Coursework and practicum include:

  • Change theory

  • Curriculum and instruction leadership

  • Data-driven assessment and planning

  • Teacher recruitment, supervision and evaluation

  • Law and policy

  • Community engagement

  • Successful school culture strategies


EDL 7010: Theory and Practice of Leadership

EDL 7020: Leadership in Teaching and Learning

EDL 7030: Human Resources, Operational Systems, and School-Based Budgeting

EDL 7040: Community and Family Engagement

EDL 7050: Education Law, Ethics, and Policies

EDL 7060: Sheltered English Immersion for Administrators - 1 credit

EDL 7150: Getting Started: Pre-Practicum in Educational Leadership - 1 credit (50 hours minimum)

EDL 7160: Practicum in Educational Leadership - 6 credits (500 hours minimum)
All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted

A new cohort will begin on September 3, 2015.

Interested in learning more? Read the Program Prospectus.

Attend an Information Session to learn more

Plan to attend one of our Information Sessions to learn more about the program and to meet the program faculty and staff: Contact us at 617-333-2364 or for more information.

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Request information about the Principal and Supervisor Licensure Program at Curry College, make an appointment to speak with an advisor, or to learn more, call the Office of Graduate Studies by phone 617-333-2364 or email at


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