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Become the Leader Tomorrow Needs: Join Our National Aspiring Principals Fellowship

The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship prepares equity-focused teachers for the pivotal role of a school principal. Designed in partnership with two prominent minority-serving institutions—Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University—this program equips aspiring principals with the skills, knowledge, and mindset required to champion educational equity and excellence.

Who Should Apply?

This program is ideal for dedicated teachers who:

  • Have at least three years of teaching experience.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to equity and social justice in education.
  • Show proven results in improving student outcomes.
  • Dream of leading a school and making a larger impact.

Apply Now to the National Aspiring Principals Fellowship

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National Aspiring Principals Fellowship

Online Principal Certification & Master's Degree Program

Next cohort launches August 2024

The Fellowship can accelerate your path to school leadership

Designed with leaders of color, for equity-focused teachers, the Fellowship prepares full-time teachers like you to become effective principals and change-makers for the students in your community. We offer pathways to principal certification–with or without a master's degree—through a network of accredited colleges and university partners. You will be ready to lead from day one. 

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Results You Can Count On

New Leaders has the most effective approach to principal development in the country. Multiple independent evaluations have proven that in schools led by a New Leaders principal:

  • Students perform better in reading and math
  • Students have better attendance rates
  • Students gain additional months of learning
  • Principals, themselves, stay loner in their roles

Pathway to principal licensure in 40+ states

Find out what programs are available in your state.

Graduate ready to lead and advance equity in schools

The Fellowship is uniquely designed for you.

   Equity-centered curriculum so you learn to lead with a social justice mindset

   Real-time feedback from experienced coaches and like-minded peers

   Alumni principal placement support and ongoing professional development  

Apply Now to the National Aspiring Principals Fellowship

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Administrator licensing/certification requirements are at all times subject to the applicable requirements of the credentialing state. All licensing/certification determinations are made by the credentialing state; accordingly, New Leaders, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Bank Street Graduate School of Education cannot guarantee any individual an administrator credential at any time.
 Accreditation and Certification at Clark Atlanta University: Graduates of the program are eligible to pursue Tier I educational leadership certification in the state of Georgia and principal’s licensure in the state of Indiana. Program Advisors will meet with students each semester to review processes and options for earning professional licenses in the state in which they reside. Additionally, Clark Atlanta University's (CAU) SOE Certification Officer will conduct workshops each semester related to state certification/licensure procedures and protocols.  Program Advisors and the CAU SOE Certification Officer will meet with students each semester to review processes and options for earning professional licenses in the state in which they reside.
Accreditation and Certification at Bank Street Graduate School of Education: Graduates are eligible for New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification. To be eligible for certification, candidates must have successfully completed three years of teaching or pupil personnel service work in PreK–12 settings. Candidates are also required to pass both the New York State School Building Leader Assessment and the Educating All Students exam. Completion or evidence of completion of the three New York State mandated workshops in Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Prevention, and Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention (Dignity for All Students) is a requirement of this program. Workshops can be completed online, and documentation shared with your SSA. Certification support for the New York State certification process and requirements is available to assist you at