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 15-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 the Texas Principal Certification Standards and the TExES Principal Competencies. Program timeline is 15 months beginning each January and concluding the following June.
Leadership Associates will:
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 Certificate. Through the partnership, it can be completed within the 15 months of the CoLA program.
Principal - Grades EC-12
1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78208-1899
Phone: (210) 370-5450
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