Leadership Licensure Program/Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (LLP/GCSL)

Organizational and Leadership Psychology

You're Ready to Lead and Create School Cultures that Improve Outcomes 

logo showing msaa and wjcYou're a classroom teacher, school administrator, aspiring school leader, or working school professional, and you see the impact that equitable mindsets, inclusive environments, and effective instructional practice have on a school system. The fully online Leadership Licensure Program/Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (LLP/GCSL) is a principal preparation program aligned to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) administrator standards. The graduate certificate focuses on educational equity, racial understanding, and organizational transformation.

About the MSAA/WJC Collaboration

The Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA) serves the needs of elementary level, middle level, and high school administrators to support and promote quality educational opportunities for students throughout Massachusetts. The MSAA Leadership Licensure Program (LLP) is offered exclusively in partnership with our Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (GCSL) through an online delivery model.

Prior to the launch of this extended collaboration, MSAA and William James College offered the LLP together, while William James College also offered the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership. These two programs have been merged into one and are now known as the Leadership Licensure Program/Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (LLP/GCSL), beginning with the entering cohort for Summer 2024.

Karina FundoraThe program is arming me with language, skills, techniques, protocols, and strategies that are already enabling me to lead even more effectively. I find myself feeling replenished, nurtured, and rejuvenated after each class and I am eager to continue learning.”

Marika Hamilton, Alumna


Our Philosophy, Your Experience

At William James College, you will combine your classroom knowledge with hands-on experience to get a well-rounded and integrated education. Our curriculum combines an understanding of theory, training, and practice as you develop into a culturally responsive professional. You will be surrounded by like-minded faculty, staff, and peers who, like you, are dedicated to bringing high-quality services to culturally diverse clients, agencies, and organizations. With this training, you will be prepared to make a difference in our communities.

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See Yourself at William James

At William James, you'll gain exceptional training in a supportive, student-centered learning environment, with instruction and guidance provided by leading practitioners in the field. Throughout your studies, you'll experience our integrative philosophy of training and education, with application of classroom instruction in structured field experiences. Underlying this approach to professional training, is a sustained focus on your personal and professional development, with an orientation towards community service, and respect for those you'll serve.

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