Leadership Licensure Program for Principals and Directors


About the Program

The MSAA Leadership Licensure Program (LLP) is designed to fit the schedule and interests of current teachers and teacher leaders as they prepare for initial licensure in Massachusetts as a Principal / Assistant Principal or as a Supervisor / Director. Now in its 12th year, the MSAA LLP is administered by the MSAA with Teachers21 providing curriculum and instruction. The program is an approved pathway to licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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.





Application and Schedule Information


The Leadership Licensure Program Application is Open for 2019-2020


Information Packet and Calendar

 2019-2020 On-Line Application



Tom LaLiberte, LLP Coordinator

Cora Armenio, LLP Executive Assistant




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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

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 reflection. 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.

This is a 12-months program (July-June) for licensure. Additional time may be required for candidates who choose to seek the masters degree.


Three Program Options

Program participants can choose from three options.

  1. Licensure only: Candidates who successfully complete all LLP coursework and practicum requirements earn their initial administrators license.
  2. Licensure plus 30 credits: Up to thirty credits from Endicott College are available to participants, at an additional cost, upon successful completion of the LLP coursework.
  3. Licensure plus an M.Ed. from Endicott College (36 credits): Qualified candidates may apply the thirty credits earned towards the requirements of a Master of Education in Organizational Management from Endicott College. To complete the Master's degree, candidates take two additional courses (six credits). These courses are offered and led by Endicott instructors once a year at the MSSAA offices.

2019 Program Features

Program modules:

  1. DNA of Leadership and Culture
  2. Management and Operations
  3. Cultural Diversity
  4. Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
  5. High Performing Teams
  6. Supervision and Evaluation
  7. Family and Community Engagement

Who can apply:

Any licensed teacher seeking licensure as a principal, assistant principal, director or supervisor

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




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.”