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  • CoLA Application Process & Checklist

    Before beginning the application process, we highly recommend attending a CoLA Information Session to familiarize yourself with program expectations and requirements.  It is a wonderful opportunity to have any questions answered.  In addition, we will discuss the option of attaining a Master’s/Doctoral degree concurrently with principal certification.

    • Online Application - Complete the electronic application and upload supporting documents by Friday, December 7, 2018.   Cohort 22 begins January 2019.

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    Username: Your last name (it is case sensitive)
    Password: Social Security Number

    Please note: District firewalls may prevent full access to this application.

    • Resume- A current resume is preferred. 
    • Letter of Recommendation- A signed letter of recommendation from current campus principal is required.
    • Three Professional References - Include contact information for three professional references other than your current supervisor.
    • Application Fee – A $50 application fee must be submitted prior to processing applications.           Acceptable forms of payment:
    • Credit card (Visa or MasterCard only) – payments may be submitted through the application link provided above by selecting the “pay fee” tab or over the phone by calling Joanna Rangarajan at 210-370-5778.
    • Checks - Must be made out to: Education Service Center – Region 20 or ESC-20 and may be mailed to the address below or brought in to our offices located on the 2nd floor of the Maples Conference Building between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
    • Submission of Official transcript  – An official transcript in a sealed envelope or secure electronic version (“e-script”) must be submitted from every college and university attended. Copies are not accepted.

    Transcripts may be mailed to:

    Education Service Center - Region 20
    Attn: CoLA Staff
    1314 Hines Avenue
    San Antonio, TX 78208

    Secure electronic versions of transcripts or “e-scripts” may be sent to: colastaff@esc20.info

    • Valid Texas Educator Certificate
    • Service Records – Must include all years of service from every district employed with.  Service Records may be obtained from your school district Human Resources office.
    • Screening Interview – All applicants will receive an interview questionnaire via e-mail to ensure applicant readiness and appropriateness prior to entering the program.  Once received, please complete, scan and email to colastaff@esc20.info. 
    • Letter of Admission – A letter of admission will be e-mailed once all application documents are received and all program acceptance requirements are met. Applicants must respond back within five business days from the date the e-mail is sent. If we do not receive written communication of acceptance (e-mail acceptable) within the specified time frame, we will consider you have chosen not to move forward with the program.

    If you have reason to believe that you may be ineligible for educator certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense, it is advised that you request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation. For more information or to request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation, visit the Texas Education Agency Website.

    We look forward to assisting you on your school leadership pathway!

  • Option 1 - Traditional Track

    • Master's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Valid Texas Teaching Certificate and a minimum of two years teaching experience
    • Two years of leadership responsibility (preferred)
    • Recommendation from current supervisor and at least two other professional colleagues
    • Completed CoLA application
    • Screening interview

     


     

    Option 2 - University Partnership (prior to a conferred Master's degree)

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Acceptance into the UIW Master's or Doctoral degree program
    • Valid Texas Teaching Certificate and a minimum of two years teaching experience
    • Two years of leadership responsibility (preferred)
    • Recommendation from current supervisor and at least two other professional colleagues
    • Completed CoLA application
    • Screening interview
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