Discover the Fellowship Student Experience

Our National Aspiring Principals Fellowship prepares full-time teachers like you to become effective principals and change-makers for the students in your community.

This is your moment to lead.
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B2B student experience with Fellowship Alim '23
Cinique Weekes-Bynoe
Fellowship Alum, '23
Dy’nelle Todman
Fellowship Alum, '23
Jennifer Schroeder
Fellowship Alum, '23

Program Highlights

The Fellowship is completed in your school, in your current role with coursework online.
You practice and develop leadership skills in real time. Here's how:
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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.


At New Leaders, we want to support making your goal of becoming a principal more attainable. Through the generous support of philanthropic partners, full
scholarships to the Fellowship are available for those who qualify.
Begin your journey to becoming a principal.

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Learning Outcomes

Redefine what is possible and be ready to lead from day one. We know principals lead in many ways
to advance excellence and the belief that all children are capable of extraordinary things.
In the Fellowship, you gain the leadership skills and mindset to:
  • Design an impactful instructional program
    Accelerating learning for all students
  • Support and develop talent
    Coaching teachers to foster growth and opportunity
  • Understand and respond to evolving needs
    Using data-driven insights to inform decisions
  • Develop systems to equitably distribute resources
    Ensuring all student needs are met
  • Honor the strengths within the community
    Advancing a shared vision for success
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Mary Nikoo
Fellowship Alum, '23

One Fellowship

Many Paths to the Principal Role

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The Fellowship meets the educational requirements for licensure in 40+ states.

Certification - Only Track
Master's + Certification Track
Credit Hours
24 credit hours
30 credit hours
Program Length
12 months
16 months
Tuition for August '24 / January '25
August 2024 Cohort Application Window
February - June 30, 2024
Certification - Only Track
Master's + Certification Track
Credit Hours
18 credit hours
30 credit hours
Program Length
11 months
16 months
Tuition for August 2024
August 2024 Cohort Application  Window
Applications are closed for the August 2024 cohort.
Applications will reopen soon for the January 2025 cohort.

Program of Study

The Fellowship can be completed in 10-16 months depending on the track and enrollment partner.

The Fellowship at Bank Street
  • History of Urban Education
  • School Culture and Community Relations
  • Practicum I
  • Education Resource Management
  • School Law
  • Curriculum Planning for Educational Leadership
  • Supervision
  • Practicum II
  • Research for School Improvement (Master’s Track only)
  • Adult Development (Master’s Track only)
The Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University
  • History of Urban Education
  • School Culture and Community Relations
  • Practicum I
  • Curriculum Planning for Educational Leadership
  • Education Resource Management
  • Practicum II
  • Intro to Educational Administration and Supervision (Master’s Track only)
  • Research for School Improvement (Master’s Track only)
  • School Law (Master’s Track only)
  • Educational Tests and Measurements (Master’s Track only)

Alumni Benefits

Join a robust community of more than 8,000 New Leaders alumni. With opportunities for community building, networking, and support from our dedicated alumni team,
the Fellowship experience extends beyond the principalship.
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Marcus Peterson
Fellowship Alum, '23
Alumni benefits include:
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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 Eligibility

Next application window:
February - June 30, 2024

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • 2-3 years of teaching experience
  • 3.0 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 for the Certification-Only track in some states - individuals can check their program options and requirements using our eligibility tool)
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Applicants are also expected to embrace an equity-focused mindset and have a track record of driving student success.

Application Steps

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Evaluate program options
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Start application
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Write a personal leadership essay
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Secure recommendations and residency consent
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Submit transcripts and credentials
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Complete an asynchronous interview
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Michelle Means
Fellowship Alum, '23
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North Dakota
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South Carolina
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West Virginia

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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.

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