Principal Preparation: The path to school leadership starts here

We partner with four local universities to prepare future CMS school leaders. The experiential training opportunities offered through these programs are designed to prepare effective administrators who raise student achievement and lead change in their schools. The nomination and application windows for these programs will open in fall 2014. Check back in mid-October for more information.

Leaders for Tomorrow

Leaders for Tomorrow is a program designed in partnership with Winthrop University to develop schoolhouse and district staff within CMS into future school leaders. Participants complete a 42-semester hour Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree through a combination of face-to-face and web-based instruction delivered by Winthrop faculty in collaboration with CMS leaders.

For more information on Winthrop's Educational Leadership curriculum, click here.

Lauren Bell, Principal of Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, 
shares her experience in the Leaders for Tomorrow Program.


School Executive Leadership Academy (SELA)

This 14-month licensure program is a partnership between the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) of the McColl School of Business and the Cato School of Education. Successful SELA participants can earn up to 18 credit hours that may apply toward a Master in School Administration, a Master of Science in Organization Development or a Master of Business Administration degree. Alternatively, they may earn six credit hours toward a Master of Science in Executive Coaching.  

For more information on SELA, click here.

Jeff Joyce, Assistant Principal of Piedmont Open Middle, explains his decision to attend SELA.


UNCC Aspiring High School Principals Program

The UNCC Aspring High School Principals Program is offered in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The program offers three strands to prepare individuals at the following levels for the high school principalship: beginning CMS high school principals who already hold the NC school administration license and a master's degree; qualified teachers or those in non-administrative positions who already have a master's degree but need their school administration license; and teachers who need the full Master of School Administration degree.

For more information on the UNCC Aspiring High School Principals Program, click here.


LeDuan Pratt, Principal of Math, Engineering, Science & Technology @ OHS,
discusses the UNCC Aspiring High School Principals Program.


Wingate Educational Leadership Programs

Wingate University's Graduate School of Education offers multiple educational leadership programs, including a 37-semester hour Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership program, and a 22-semester hour Add-On Licensure Program for School Administration K-12. The programs focus on the seven NC Standards for School Executives and include standards-based projects and learning opportunities.

For more information on Wingate Educational Leadership programs, click here.