The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship® at Clark Atlanta University

Next cohort:
January 2025
Applications will re-open soon!
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One Fellowship - Two Tracks to the Principal Role

Certification-Only Track
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Master's + Certification Track
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Credit Hours
18 credit hours
30 credit hours
Program Length
11 months
16 months
Tuition for August 2024
$15,000
$25,000
August 2024 Cohort Application Deadlines
May 15, 2024
Applications will re-open soon for January 2025 cohort!

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Program Highlights

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Principal Residency
Our job-embedded residency offers opportunities to exercise your leadership, apply your learning, and complete a capstone research project in your current school.
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Individualized Coaching
Every month, our expert coaches, all current and former principals, provide immediate and actionable feedback to support you in your residency.
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Cohort-based Learning
Engaging with a community of diverse, like-minded leaders from across the country allows you to collaborate, problem-solve, and continuously improve alongside your peers.
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Equity-focused Faculty
The Fellowship faculty are a diverse group of award-winning principals, superintendents, and equity champions, making them the ideal guides to prepare you to step into leadership.

Curriculum By Term

The Fellowship application process allows you to share your vision for education and articulate how the Fellowship can help you achieve your goals.

Term 1
Aug-Dec
Term 2
Jan-April
History of Urban Education
(3 credits)
Curriculum Planning for Educational Leaders
(3 credits)
School Culture and Community Relations
(3 credits)
Education Resource Management
(3 credits)
Practicum I
(3 credits)
Practicum II
(3 credits)
Capstone Presentation
Individual Coaching / Formative and Summative Assessments
Term 1
Aug-Dec
Term 2
Jan-April
Term 3
May-June
Term 4
Aug-Dec
History of Urban Education
(3 credits)
Research for School Improvement
(3 credits)
School Law
(3 credits)
Curriculum Planning for Educational Leaders
(3 credits)
Intro to Educational Administration and Supervision
(3 credits)
School Culture and Community Relations
(3 credits)
Educational Tests and Measurements
(3 credits)
Education Resource Management
(3 credits)
Practicum I
(3 credits)
Practicum II
(3 credits)
Capstone Presentation
Individual Coaching / Formative and Summative Assessments
Term 1
Jan-April
Term 2
May-June
Term 3
Aug-Dec
History of Urban Education
(3 credits)
Coaching
Curriculum Planning for Educational Leaders
(3 credits)
School Culture and Community Relations
(3 credits)
Education Resource Management
(3 credits)
Residency I
(3 credits)
Residency II
(3 credits)
Capstone Presentation
Individual Coaching / Formative and Summative Assessments
Term 1
Jan-April
Term 2
May-June
Term 3
Aug-Dec
Term 4
Jan-April
History of Urban Education
(3 credits)
Educational Tests and Measurements
(3 credits)
Research for School Improvement
(3 credits)
Curriculum Planning for Educational Leaders
(3 credits)
Intro to Educational Administration
(3 credits)
School Law
(3 credits)
School Culture and Community Relations
(3 credits)
Education Resource Management
(3 credits)
Residency I
(3 credits)
Residency II
(3 credits)
Capstone Presentation
Individual Coaching / Formative and Summative Assessments
Term 1
Aug-Dec
Term 2
Jan-April
History of Urban Education
(3 credits)
Curriculum Planning for Educational Leaders
(3 credits)
School Culture and Community Relations
(3 credits)
Education Resource Management
(3 credits)
Practicum I
(3 credits)
Practicum II
(3 credits)
Capstone Presentation
Individual Coaching / Formative and Summative Assessments
Term 1
Aug-Dec
Term 2
Jan-April
Term 3
May-June
Term 4
Aug-Dec
History of Urban Education
(3 credits)
Research for School Improvement
(3 credits)
School Law
(3 credits)
Curriculum Planning for Educational Leaders
(3 credits)
Intro to Educational Administration and Supervision
(3 credits)
School Culture and Community Relations
(3 credits)
Educational Tests and Measurements
(3 credits)
Education Resource Management
(3 credits)
Practicum I
(3 credits)
Practicum II
(3 credits)
Capstone Presentation
Individual Coaching / Formative and Summative Assessments
Term 1
Jan-April
Term 2
May-June
Term 3
Aug-Dec
History of Urban Education
(3 credits)
Coaching
Curriculum Planning for Educational Leaders
(3 credits)
School Culture and Community Relations
(3 credits)
Education Resource Management
(3 credits)
Residency I
(3 credits)
Residency II
(3 credits)
Capstone Presentation
Individual Coaching / Formative and Summative Assessments
Term 1
Jan-April
Term 2
May-June
Term 3
Aug-Dec
Term 4
Jan-April
History of Urban Education
(3 credits)
Educational Tests and Measurements
(3 credits)
Research for School Improvement
(3 credits)
Curriculum Planning for Educational Leaders
(3 credits)
Intro to Educational Administration
(3 credits)
School Law
(3 credits)
School Culture and Community Relations
(3 credits)
Education Resource Management
(3 credits)
Residency I
(3 credits)
Residency II
(3 credits)
Capstone Presentation
Individual Coaching / Formative and Summative Assessments

A Week at a Glance

Build Knowledge
Make Meaning
Apply Learning
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday-Saturday
Asynchronous
Module opens at 11:59pm ET
Independent study and preparation
6 hours
Assignments and assessments
3 hours
Synchronous
Live Session
2.5 hours
Individual Coaching*
*1.5 hours, once per month
Job-embedded Residency

Alumni Benefits Including
Principal Placement Support

Graduates of the Fellowship will join a robust community of 6,000+ New Leaders alumni. With ongoing and regular opportunities for community building, networking, and support delivered by a dedicated alumni engagement team, the Fellowship experience extends into the principalship and beyond.

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Marcus Peterson
Fellowship Alum, '23
Alumni benefits include:
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Principal placement service
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Evidence-based resources and leadership tools
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Affinity groups, mentoring, and networking
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Resume and interview support
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Community-building events in cities across the country
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High-quality programming and learning opportunities
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Opportunities for career advancement

Admissions and Financial Aid

Next application window:
August 2024 applications are now closed.
Applications for the January 2025 cohort will re-open soon!

Applying to The Fellowship

Start your Fellowship Application
Write a personal leadership essay
Secure recommendations and residency consent
Complete CAU Supplemental Application
Submit transcripts and credentials
Complete an asynchronous interview

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • 3 years of head teaching/pupil personnel experience
  • 2.7 GPA average on conferred degrees
  • A valid teaching license or credential
  • A current role with access to a residency school site
  • A master's degree (Only a requirement in certain states - check your program eligibility to confirm your program options and requirements)
Prospective participants in the Fellowship are also expected to embrace an equity-focused mindset and have a track record of driving student success.
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Financial Aid

Through the support of philanthropic partners, scholarships to the Fellowship are available for those who qualify. In addition, candidates for the Master’s + Certification Track are eligible for federal financial aid and are required to submit a FAFSA. Financial aid is orchestrated solely by Clark Atlanta University.

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“Our institution was established on the belief that all disenfranchised people, particularly people of color, have access to higher education and better opportunities. The Fellowship will give CAU scholars the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to become principals and leaders in our nation's schools and diversify the higher education leaders’ pipeline.”

George T. French Jr., Ph.D., President of Clark Atlanta University
About Clark Atlanta University
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Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University continues a 150-year legacy rooted in African American tradition and focused on the future through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement.

Clark Atlanta University cultivates lifted lives that transform the world. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing "The Black National Anthem"); Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy.

To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit www.cau.edu.

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About New Leaders
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New Leaders is redefining how schools are led. New Leaders builds the capacity of equity-minded school leaders who are committed to the success of every child. Our leaders remove barriers to success for underestimated and underserved students, supporting students in fully realizing their futures as the next generation of great thinkers, innovators, and leaders for our society. In 20 years, we have trained more than 6,000 equity-focused leaders—sixty percent of whom identify as leaders of color. Our leaders impact more than 750,000 students in our K-12 school system annually and serve as powerful and positive forces for change in their communities.

To learn more about New Leaders, visit www.newleaders.org.

Michelle Means
Fellowship Alum, '23
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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, neither New Leaders, Clark Atlanta University, Bank Street Graduate School of Education, nor Morehouse College 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.