Apply to the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership

It's time to start your application!

You've done your research and you are ready to apply. This is an exciting next step and we want to make it as smooth as possible for you. We're here to answer all of your questions. Please email Admissions at info@williamjames.edu or sign up for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor at a time that is convenient for you. You can submit most documents, including your essay, letter of recommendation, and your CV, through our online application portal. Transcripts should be sent to the Admissions Office and need to arrive on or before the deadline.

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Application Deadline for Spring 2023 (January Start)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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Required Application Materials

Admission Policies

Application Guidelines Admission Policies

Letters of Recommendation

Letter(s) of recommendation are required from people who are able to attest to your professional, academic, intellectual, motivational, interpersonal, and emotional qualities. References should not be provided by family members, friends, or others who don't know you in either a professional or academic context.

The electronic recommendation form is required and although a supplemental letter is optional it is strongly recommended. Both the recommendation form and letter must be submitted electronically through your online application account.


Curriculum Vitae or Résumé

Please attach a current CV or résumé which includes the following: educational background, current activity, length and description of employment and/or training experiences, hours per week at each job or training site, names of supervisors at each facility, workshops and seminars attended, and any additional professionally-related material (e.g., presentations, publications, etc.). You may also include any extracurricular activities or interests that you deem relevant.

NOTE: Your CV or résumé must include two (2) references with contact information (email and telephone number) for each. If applicable one (1) of these references must be your current supervisor. And if available please include your Massachusetts Education Personnel ID # and your Educator License #.


Application Essay

When composing your 500-800 word essay, please use a traditional font, one-inch margins and double line spacing on a letter size document. 

Please share the core reasons you want to be a school leader/administrator by answering the prompts below: 

  • What do you hope to accomplish in this role?  
  • As a school leader, how do you see yourself reaching your goals and what challenges do you anticipate?  Include a general explanation about how you navigate challenges and overcome obstacles.
  • Explain the circumstances in your personal and/or professional life that have made school leadership and the education of children your life’s work or passion. Include an explanation of the core reason or main motivation why school leadership is the next step for you.

Official Transcript(s)

Please request an official academic transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you have attended. Paper transcripts or e-transcripts should be sent directly to William James College from the issuing registrar's office. We recommend that you request these documents as soon as you decide to apply for admission and to allow at least ten business days for the issuing registrar to process your request. If you have completed a semester abroad and these corresponding courses do not appear on your home institution's transcript with a letter grade, then you must provide a separate transcript for this period of study.

Paper transcripts must be addressed to:

William James College
Office of Admissions
1 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

E-transcripts must be sent to admissions@williamjames.edu, and must arrive at William James College on or before the set deadline. Postmark on the deadline date is not acceptable.

All applicants who have attended a non-US institution of higher learning must provide an official translation and equivalency to US Higher Education of their academic record. William James College recommends that applicants contact World Education Services to request this service. For more information, please visit www.wes.org.