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Leadership Licensure Program for Principals and Directors


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LLP Application Interest 2023-2024 


About the Program  

The MSAA Leadership Licensure Program (LLP) is a twelve month program of study for qualified Massachusetts educators to obtain initial licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a Principal/ Assistant Principal (PreK–8; 5–12), or Supervisor/ Director (including Director of Guidance, not including Special Education Director). 

Designed to fit the schedule and interests of current teachers and teacher leaders, the program is administered by MSAA with Teachers21 providing curriculum and instruction. 

LLP is a rigorous, comprehensive program built upon the knowledge base of effective teaching and learning and is grounded in best practices of instructional and organizational leadership. Candidates develop the requisite knowledge and skills to become proficient in DESE's Professional Standards for Administrators through the program's integrated coursework, fieldwork, state mandated MA Performance Assessments for Leaders (PAL) tasks and academic performance assessments. 


2022-2023 Calendar

2022-2023 Tuition Information

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Beth Wittcoff, LLP, Coordinator 

Cora Armenio, LLP, Executive Assistant 

Why join over 180 leaders who have graduated from the LLP?

  • Made for working practitioners, LLP offers a way to earn licensure in just 12 months.
  • Cohort model offers a unique opportunity for continual collaboration and reflection on practice with fellow cohort members throughout the instructional coursework, practicum, and first year of employment as a school administrator.
  • Module instructors and supervisors are all experienced administrators who have achieved success in their roles leading departments and schools.

Program Components 

  • This is a 12-months program (July-June) for licensure. Additional time may be required for candidates who choose to seek CAGS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Individualized Track or an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Management Principal/Assistant Principal Concentration (non-licensure) through Fitchburg State University, 18 credits via LLP Modules; register and pay for remaining courses through Fitchburg State University. You must hold a Masters in order to apply for the CAGS. Subject to change. Application requirements and admission decisions relating to the CAGS and M.Ed. is solely at the discretion of Fitchburg State and is separate from the application requirements and decisions of the MSAA LLP. 
  • Curriculum modules are taught concurrently with the DESE required 500-hour practicum (300 hours for supervisors / directors) so candidates can apply the course content in their district settings. Candidates work under the supervision of a school leader (who must hold at least the same license as the candidate is seeking) and have regular opportunities for feedback, assessment, and . During the practicum, problem based activities based on the instructional topics covered in the program prepare participants for the 4 PALs (Principal Assessments for Leaders) that are now required of all aspiring principals and assistant principals.
  • Optional Guidance Module: Additional weekend in January for Guidance Counselors. We are offering an additional weekend module focusing on the Director of Guidance role. See page six of the information packet for more information. 
  •  The LLP is a highly selective program, with rigorous academic and performance standards coupled with continual support for participants during the instructional program, the practicum, and the first year of employment as a school administrator. Please note: Pearson/DESE the entity that oversees the Performance Assessment for Leaders (MAPAL) has instituted a per task fee. This is subject to change, please This is in addition to the LLP/Fitchburg State University tuition and DESE license fee. Information relating to the MAPAL can be found here. 

Program Features

Curriculum Themes

  • Effective communication skills and tools
  • Equity and inclusion for all children and adults in schools
  • Reflection as a habit of mind
  • Ongoing assessment that drives decision making
  • Professional community as a foundation for school improvement
  • Research-based practices and programs
  • Family and community engagement
  • (Optional) Role of the Guidance Counselor 

Who can apply:

Teachers seeking licensure as a principal, assistant principal, director. Three (3) years full time employment under your MA-DESE Educator (Teaching) License 

Course schedule:

  • 2 full weeks in the summer
  • 12 Friday evening / full day Saturday sessions


Courses are held at the offices of the Massachusetts School Administrators' Association (MSAA) at 33 Forge Parkway, Franklin, MA (unless otherwise noted.)




LLP program participant
Principal Lee, MA

“The standards-based curriculum, data-driven research, and best practices that are the foundation of LLP truly prepared me for the challenges of being a principal. Equally important was direct access to a network of instructors who were respected, veteran MA administrators and relationships with cohort member who became trusted colleagues and good friends. LLP is more than a program; it’s the education and support that every new administrator needs that makes all the difference.”

LLP program participant
Assistant Principal Wachusett Regional High School, Holden, MA

“The LLP program was led by outstanding instructors who incorporated real life situations and skills into their curriculum. The material was relevant and directly applicable to jobs in administration and included best practices. Although fast paced and challenging, the work was exciting, prepared you for state certification, and helped you become a better educator with every meeting and assignment.”

LLP program participant
Assistant Headmaster Austin Preparatory School, Reading, MA

“The LLP program provides just enough theory along with a lot of practical knowledge and experience. The hands-on usefulness of all assignments as well as the student-centered classroom experience provided by knowledgeable, talented, experienced and motivated instructors made me excited about becoming a school leader. I especially appreciated the emphasis on self-knowledge and getting to know our own strengths and weaknesses. The program prepared me to successfully face and work through the challenges involved in my new role.”

LLP program participant
Director of Guidance Canton, MA

“The LLP program prepared me for life as an administrator in ways I could never have imagined. The readings and assignments stimulated growth in the depth and complexity of my thinking about schools and the critical function they serve. The relationships that developed within the cohort and with the faculty provide a professional network of new and experienced school administrators. This program broadens your thinking and sharpens your focus.”