Frequently Asked Questions


How long is the program?

The program is ideal for working professionals. You take 2 courses a semester for 5 semesters, including a summer semester in the middle of the sequence.

Where do classes take place, and when?

Classes are conveniently located in San Francisco at an independent school near BART and MUNI, and accessible to Cal Train.

How much does the program cost?

In the 2018-19 school year, tuition was $849 per unit for our 33 unit course. Per unit tuition will stay the same for all 5 semesters.

Can you get a Master’s only, or credential only?

You can opt out of the portfolio work required to gain the CA Administrative Services credential, but we strongly encourage all those eligible to do this work and gain this credential. We do not offer just credential training.

What experience must you have to be considered?

You need 5 years of teaching or school administrative experience.

Is this program for public as well as private school leaders?

Absolutely. We have leaders from independent, public, and charter schools and the conversations about these environments enriches all of us. The program prepares you to lead in any context.

What is the cohort size?

Our cohorts are small and personal. We aim for cohorts of 12 to 20 students.

How do people manage to work and go to school?

While this dual life is indeed challenging, it is manageable. Many class assignments relate directly to situations that are arising at your school. The support of the friendly cohort is important.

What are the benefits of the program?

Graduates say that they both understand themselves much better as leaders, and see how effective leaders can bring about positive change to a school. Our graduates have moved from classroom to administration, have taken on nonprofit leadership, and have become vastly more effective teacher leaders.

What is the application process like and what are the deadlines?

Our intake is very personal. Please contact the program director, Dee Desmond, at to arrange a meeting. Admissions requirements, including personal statement, resume, recommendations, and transcripts are spelled out here.