Masters for leaders

The Aspiring Leaders Program—a unique opportunity offered through Southern Methodist University—is looking for teachers and instructional coaches who have strong leadership potential.  

This long-standing, valuable partnership between Dallas ISD and the Aspiring Leaders Program is designed for teachers or instructional coaches, who are interested in earning a Master’s in Urban Educational Leadership and desire a campus administrator or other Dallas ISD leadership role.

The LEAD department and SMU will be hosting an information session about this program at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, via Zoom.  Those who are interested in attending can RSVP at

Highlights of the program:

Rigorous and competency based. The two-year program features a second-year residency, including coaching support, and culminates in a master’s degree in urban educational leadership from SMU.
Ascending Leaders. In Dallas ISD, over 100 ALP alumni and participants serve in leadership roles, including 25 current principals and 52 assistant principals.
Tuition Reimbursement. The district will potentially provide partial tuition reimbursement for participants in this program.

The Aspiring Leaders Program is designed for individuals who do not currently have their master’s degree; however, if their degree is in something other than educational leadership and they are seeking an additional one, they are still eligible to apply. This cohort of participants may potentially be eligible to hire as assistant principals as early as Spring 2022.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact or visit


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