The Cohort of Leadership Associates (CoLA) is a State Board of Educator Certification approved alternative route to principal certification coordinated by Education Service Center, Region 20. CoLA is an intensive 19 month program of training and field-based work designed to develop and prepare quality school leaders in San Antonio and the surrounding areas..
To be the definitive choice for individuals seeking principal preparation by providing quality training aligned with current best practices to create a strong, balanced leadership foundation.
All program components are aligned with TAC §241.15 Standards Required for the Principal Certificate and the Framework for the TExES Principal 268 examination. Our program timeline is 19 months, beginning each January and concluding in July of the following year. We offer a second entry point in April. This accelerated route is 16 months and also concludes in July of the following year. In the event of availability, the program may consider accepting candidates past the second entry point in April. The CoLA Leadership Consultant must approve this exception.
Leadership Associates accepted into our program will be required to:
An important consideration to note: To ensure success on all program expectations and state certification exams, it is critical for the leadership associate to acquire the consent of their campus administration in providing them with direct guidance and multiple opportunities for involvement in campus leadership activities throughout the extent of the program.
Option 1 – Traditional Track:
Option 2 – University Partnership Track:
Both options require:
Additional fees not included in the total program cost:
*Note: Payment options are available. Discount offered to TOPP graduates. Fees are subject to change and reflect information available at the time of posting.
Through the unique partnership between ESC-20 and the University of the Incarnate Word, Leadership Associates have the opportunity to obtain either a Master’s degree with a Concentration in School Leadership, or a Doctoral degree in Education with a Concentration in Organizational Leadership and Specialty in School Leadership in conjunction with their principal certificate. All CoLA program requirements are transferrable as university credit hours and are embedded into either degree plan.
A Master’s degree must be conferred prior to being recommended for a Texas Standard Principal as Instructional Leader Certificate. Through the partnership, it can be completed within the CoLA program timeline.
Principal as Instructional Leader - Grades EC-12
1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78208-1899
Phone: (210) 370-5450
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