Horizon Leadership Academy | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

Earn a Central Office Endorsement on an Administrator Certificate through MASA’s Horizon Leadership Academy!

*IMPORTANT* CURRENT HORIZON PARTICIPANTS:

Individuals who previously participated in the Horizon Leadership Academy Program and completed 10 sessions, but who did not finish, may elect to do so by registering for the Horizon 2D (virtual) or Horizon 2E (in person) so they may earn their credentials. Visit the Horizon Year 2 page for more information.

Apply for
Horizon Leadership Academy 2.0

New cohorts begin April 2023

 

Application Process:

  • Click the apply button to the right to submit interest and $150 application fee.
  • Once the application fee is received, candidates will receive a link for the HLA Application.
  • Candidates will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.
  • Applications are due by March 1, 2023

MASA is authorized through the Michigan Department of Education to issue Administrator Certificates with a Central Office Endorsement using an alternate pathway to certification. 

The Horizon Leadership Academy (HLA) focuses on strengthening leadership skills and strategies that equip school leaders to become effective central office first-line assistants and superintendents.

HLA is aligned to the approved Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Central Office Administrators as well as the National Education Leadership Standards (NELPS) – District Level. The program is designed for new superintendents, aspiring superintendents, central office administrators, and building administrators and directors who are looking for a job-embedded and authentic avenue to earn their Central Office Endorsement (CO) on their current administrative certificate.

For those who do not yet possess a certificate, candidates can earn an administrative certificate and central office endorsement as a package. 

**Please note, if you are aspiring to be a building-level principal and earn your (ES) Endorsement, please refer to the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals Path to Leadership Program.

Throughout your HLA experience, you will work with cohort members to network and learn about the skills and expected proficiencies of central office leaders and superintendents, while connecting to the actual work and initiatives within your own district. Cohort members are expected to complete all assigned homework and course projects, identify a mentor, and complete a 240/300-hour internship/clinical experience. You will engage in meaningful projects within and for your district, to assure immediate application of skills learned within the course. Throughout the course, candidates will create a digital portfolio of their projects demonstrating their application of competencies.


Program Content and Skills Overview: 

  • Using Influential Leadership Strategies 
  • Leading Activities that Foster School Climate and Culture 
  • Ensuring Equity in Education 
  • Understanding Individuals’ Perspectives, Needs, and Behaviors 
  • Using Coaching Strategies across Various Scenarios and Situations 
  • Leading, Implementing, and Measuring Strategic Planning Initiatives 
  • Leading Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology as part of Continuous Improvement 
  • Leading and Supporting Instructional Staff for Student Success 
  • Using Effective Communication to Educate, Support, Influence, and Advocate
  • Facilitating School Operations and Management 
  • Developing Effective Teams and Addressing Group Dynamics 
  • Leading and Fostering Family and Community Engagement
  • Establishing effective Board Governance and Superintendent Relationships
  • Demonstrating accountability with School Law, Policies, Regulations 
  • Operationalizing School Budget and Financial Planning 
  • Expanding knowledge and strategies for Effective  Labor Relations (Relationships, Contract Negotiations and Administration)

Program Cost

This is a tuition-based program.

$150 non-refundable application fee

$9,500* including materials/resources (billable over two fiscal years)

There are no refunds after April 1, 2023

*additional costs may apply for missed sessions required for make-up

Eligibility Requirements for Enrollment

  1. Degree requirement:
    As per R380.105 (1246(1)(b)): Candidate must possess a master’s or higher degree, OR A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of experience performing work at the Central Office level (e.g. a District Business Official, Human Resource Director, State & Federal Programs Director etc).
    *If the candidate is seeking admission with only a Bachelor’s Degree, MASA requires a letter of recommendation from the superintendent attesting to the individual’s skills and experience, along with a contract of employment or job description for the three years of service in this capacity.)
  2. Completion of MASA Horizon Leadership Academy application
  3. Submission of most recent college/university transcripts

Additional Requirements

  1. Each candidate, along with HLA faculty, will mutually select a mentor for the duration of the program
  2. Each candidate will complete an internship/clinical experience of 240 or 300 hours over the course of a minimum six-month period, depending on certifications needed and current position at the building or district level
  3. Candidates will receive a final grade for the course based upon the submission of an online digital portfolio, equity audit/reflection paper, final recommendations paper, and capstone project. 
  4. Please review the dates listed at gomasa.org/horizon and confirm your availability to participate with your district/supervisor. Given the nature of the program, attendance is required at all sessions. 
  5. Confirm your understanding of the terms/conditions defined in the application. 
  6. A $150 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application. 
  7. Once accepted, at least 50% of the tuition fee must be paid at least 30 days prior to the cohort start date. The remaining balance is due in the following fiscal year. 
  8. Candidates seeking a school administrator certificate and/or their Central Office Endorsement (CO) have three years to complete the program, and all requirements, once they are enrolled as participants.

 

New Cohorts Starting April 2023

Please reserve the following dates on your calendar for either the in-person or virtual option:

Spring 2023 – Virtual Cohort

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST
(via Zoom)

  • April 10-11, 2023
  • May 1-2, 2023
  • June 12-13, 2023
  • August 14-15, 2023
  • September 11-12, 2023
  • October 23-24, 2023
  • November 13-14, 2023
  • December 11-12, 2023
  • January 29-30, 2024
  • February 19-20, 2024
  • March 18-19, 2024
  • April 29-30, 2024
  • June 17, 2024

Spring 2023 – In-Person Cohort*

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST
(MELG Building – Lansing)

  • April 13-14, 2023
  • May 3-4, 2023
  • June 14-15, 2023
  • August 16-17, 2023
  • September 13-14, 2023
  • October 25-26, 2023
  • November 15, 16, 2023
  • December 13-14, 2023
  • January 31 – February 1, 2024
  • February 21-22, 2024
  • March 20-21, 2024
  • May 1-2, 2024
  • June 18, 2024

*Location and delivery mode subject to change due to enrollment numbers

Given the structure/format of this alternative pathway program, attendance at each session is mandatory.

Satisfactorily completing the Horizon Leadership Academy Program will earn candidates a Central Office Endorsement on their current Administrative Certificate and 120 SCECH credits.

Candidates who do not currently hold a building level certificate/endorsement may earn their school administrator certificate concurrently by completing an additional 260-hour internship experience.


Frequently Asked Questions

An endorsement is a credential placed on a school administrator certificate that signals that the individual has earned it by going through a program of study designed to focus on skills centered around a particular area. The Central Office Endorsement in the Horizon Leadership Academy Program attests that the holder has learned and can apply the skills needed to be successful at the central office level. An endorsement is transferable and may be recognized in other states beyond Michigan.

We place a high value on participants attending every session and provide the dates in advance so that you may arrange your schedule accordingly. This program incorporates active problem-solving and networking between cohort participants, which is impossible to do when you are not present. If an emergency or extenuating situation presents itself and you miss, you will need to contact your trainer to discuss next steps.

For those concurrently earning a school certificate and/or central office endorsement, you will also need to complete your 240/300-hour internship.

Yes, by satisfactorily completing the program by attending all sessions, submitting all projects, papers, etc. and completing your 300-hour internship you will earn your School Administrator Certificate with a Central Office Endorsement.

Yes, if you have a current School Administrator Certificate, you will earn 150 SCECHs.

Many districts require a Central Office Endorsement for the positions of superintendent, assistant superintendent, director, or other central office positions.

Every situation is different. We recommend you contact Dr. Brian Davis, Associate Executive Director of Professional Learning to discuss your unique situation.  

Phone:(517) 885-3089
Email: 
bdavis@gomasa.org

No. You must attend all of the sessions and complete all program requirements in order to earn a School Administrator Certificate and Central Office Endorsement.

Questions?

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