Horizon Leadership Academy | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

Earn your Administrator Certificate through MASA’s Horizon Leadership Academy!

MASA is authorized through the Michigan Department of Education to issue Administrator Certificates with either a Central Office Endorsement or a Central Office Enhancement.

The Horizon Leadership Academy, formerly known as Sustain and Navigate, focuses on strengthening leadership skills and strategies for superintendents, aspiring superintendents, central office administrators and building administrators. This MDE-approved program gives participants the opportunity to follow two routes to earn the credentials they need to excel and grow on the job:

  • Year 1: A Central Office Enhancement on a Current Administrator Certificate
  • Year 1 & 2: An Administrator Certificate with a Central Office Endorsement or a Central Office Endorsement on a Current Administrator Certificate

Throughout your Horizon Leadership experience, you will utilize job-embedded opportunities to practice what you learn, as well as experience growth in your practice working with peers. The program curriculum is based on scaffolded learning in four areas:

  • Leadership
  • Situational leadership
  • Values and beliefs
  • Strategic action around student learning and achievement.

Participants will engage in learning and skill development during all sessions. Topics include:

  • Leadership – How do I lead?
  • The role and work of the superintendent and central office leaders
  • The impact of values and beliefs on an individual and on an organization
  • A fact-finding and strategic action planning process to identify system strengths and barriers surrounding student learning and achievement.

Previously, only an MDE-approved college or university could provide an Administrator Certificate with a Central Office Endorsement, which was expensive and time consuming for working professionals. Through MASA’s Horizon Year 1 and Horizon Year 2 programs, superintendents and aspiring superintendents can now earn these credentials through the Horizon Leadership Academy.

To learn more about the different options, read more about Year 1 and Year 2 on the drop-down menu under “Leadership.”



Q: How much does the program cost?

The cost for the entire two-year program is:

  • MASA member with Administrator Certificate: $5,000
  • MASA member without Administrator Certificate: $6,000
  • Non-member with Administrator Certificate: $5,600
  • Non-member without Administrator Certificate: $6,600

Q: How many days of instruction is the Horizon Leadership Academy?

The program is 15 total days of instruction offered in two-day blocks.

Q: What is an endorsement vs an enhancement?

An endorsement is transferable and is recognized between states. An enhancement is a Michigan-only credential.

Q: Do I need a master’s degree to attend the Horizon Leadership Academy?

No. Upon completion of the two-year program, you will earn an Administrator Certificate, which is equivalent to the certification you would earn at a college or university.

Q: What happens if I miss a session?

If space is available, you may have the chance to make up a missed session with another cohort. MASA is offering two cohort options for the 2021-22 year.

Q: Who is eligible to register for the Horizon Leadership Academy?

Superintendents, aspiring superintendents, central office administrators, building administrators, principals, assistant principals, and directors.

Q: I don’t have my Administrator Certificate. Can I still attend the Horizon Leadership Academy?

Yes. By completing the two-year Horizon Leadership Academy, you will earn an Administrator Certificate.

Q: What do I get after Year 1 of Horizon Leadership Academy if I don’t have an Administrator Certificate?

Participants will earn 60 SCECHs upon completion of Year 1 of the Horizon Leadership Academy.

Q: What jobs can I get with my Administrator Certificate?

Upon completing the two-program and earning an Administrator Certificate, you could be eligible for jobs such as superintendent, director, and central office administrator.

Q: Can I attend the Horizon Leadership Academy if I don’t currently work for a school district?

Please contact Dr. Sarena Shivers, MASA’s Deputy Executive Director at (517) 327-5910 or sshivers@gomasa.org.

Q: How do I get member pricing for the Horizon Leadership Academy?

MASA memberships are available for all public school superintendents and central office employees.

Q: Is Horizon Leadership Academy only available for public school districts or can charter school employees attend?

Horizon Leadership Academy is open to charter school employees.

Q: Can I test out of the Horizon Leadership Academy?

No. You must attend all 15 sessions to complete the program and earn an Administrator Certificate.


For more information, Dr. Brian Davis, Associate Executive Director
of Professional Learning, at (517) 885-3089 or bdavis@gomasa.org