Curry College has created a completely new design for its proposed leadership preparation program.…[Curry’s] highly commendable examples of course and key assessments are a credit to the design team. They reflect real life, practical applications requiring candidates to merge theory into practice throughout the entire year.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Summer 2013

Principal Licensure Program

The Curry College Principal 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.


Tuition Support Available

Students who are accepted in the upcoming cohort that begins September 2014 at our Milton campus are eligible to receive tuition support that covers up to 50% of the program cost. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has awarded Curry College a grant, recognizing the Principal Licensure Program as a model that helps address principal shortages in Massachusetts. The DESE grant provides tuition support for the Milton 2014 cohort only.

Accelerated Licensure Certificate

Our 14-month program will prepare candidates for Principal/Assistant Principal Licensure (Pre-K-6; 5-8; 9-12).

The 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 their practicum. Candidates' performance and learning outcomes are assessed against both practical and theoretical research-based criteria, including the most recent Massachusetts standards and evaluative instruments, to ensure the close alignment of theory and practice.

School District Partners Identify and Support Their Selected Candidates

To be eligible to participate, candidates must be endorsed by their school district.  Thoroughout their practicum, candidates will be paired with an experienced administrator from their district 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.

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

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 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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