Leaders Exploring Administrative Possibilities (LEAP)

Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA)

Department of Leadership Studies

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Program Overview

We are pleased to announce that recruitment has begun for the next LEAP Cohort, scheduled to start Fall 2014. If you are interested in applying to this program, please email solesadmissions@sandiego.edu to be added to the interest list. The LEAP Program is designed for teacher leaders, team leaders, instructional coaches, department heads, members of leadership teams in schools, and district leaders. The LEAP program provides students with information, experience, and support in order for them to move toward a career in school leadership. The program seeks to:

  • Recruit future site leaders and existing leaders for schools, and to provide initial leadership training and development.
  • Provide opportunities for candidates to learn more about their leadership capacity as they work with teachers, administrators, parents, and students to improve learning.
  • Create a cadre of thoughtful, lifelong learners ready to pursue the next stage in their professional development and their careers.

What can I do with this degree?

Graduates of this program have received an introduction to school leadership and are prepared to apply to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program if they so choose. Though LEAP is not a prerequisite for the credential program, it is a way for those thinking about becoming a principal, vice principal, superintendent, or other school leader to to become oriented to the possibilities available to them through an exploratory experience.

Who should apply?

Applicants should have a minimum of two years of full-time teaching or other professional experience in schools.