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Leadership Development Unit
850 Hungerford Drive, Room 162
Rockville 20850


Mr. Gary B. Bartee, Director, Elementary Leadership Development

Dr. Monifa McKnight, Director, Secondary Leadership Development


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Leadership Development Unit

Overview of the Leadership Development Program

Our Proactive Approach
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has taken a proactive approach in developing school leaders. MCPS has adopted a structured and sequential Leadership Development Program (LDP) that culminates with the preparation of highly skillful leaders who possess the necessary attitude, knowledge, and skills to meet the ever changing demands of the principalship.

Assistant Principal (AP) Pool
The program begins with a recruitment effort at the teacher level via a series of Future Administrators Workshops. These workshops qualify candidates to enter the assistant principal eligibility pool.

Assistant School Administrator (ASA)
It is also possible that some aspiring administrators begin the profession as an Assistant School Administrator (ASA), an eleven-month position that carries similar responsibilities to those of an assistant principal.

Both roads lead to a more structured program, designed to ensure the administrator’s effectiveness and to reduce the variability in the training and development of school-based administrators.

The LDP includes five levels of training and support: ASA, AP1, AP2, Principal Intern, and first-year Principal. At the conclusion of the AP2 year, the AP candidate is formally appointed as an assistant principal and may apply to continue in the program as a principal intern.

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Assistant Principal (AP) Promotion Pool Requirements

MCPS is looking for motivated, dedicated, skillful, and creative people to become school-based administrators.  Research shows that effective school administrators play a critical role in the success of schools and their students.  Ideal candidates include teacher leaders who support student achievement in the classroom, provided professional development to other teachers, and/or developed curriculum and programs.  Basic requirements for the AP pool include:

  • Master degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in supervision, educational administration, school curriculum, or a closely related field

  • Five years of successful teaching experience; at least one of those years must be in MCPS

  • Three years of school-based leadership experience, assistant school administrator, or central services administrator/central services instructional specialist

  • Letter of interest, including level (elementary, middle, or high) addressed to the Associate Superintendent, Office of Human Resources and Development

  • Resume, demonstrating education, training and experience

  • Certificate from Observing and Analyzing Teaching I (OAT-1) preferred.  Applicants whose OAT-1 issue date is more than 3 years old should contact Skillful Teaching and Leading for information about becoming re-certified in OAT-1*

  • Evidence of completion of Future Administrators’ Workshop (FAW) or refresher. Applicants whose FAW issue date is more than 3 years old should contact the Leadership Development Team for information about becoming re-certified in FAW**

  • Certificate of Administrator I

  • You must apply to the "Applicant Pool - Assistant Principal" on MCPS Careers.

  • Three Reference Forms (one must be from current principal/supervisor) to be emailed directly to the Administrative Staffing Department at by the person completing the reference form.  Please submit reference forms only after you have applied on MCPS Careers.


  *For information about OAT-1 classes, please contact Skillful Teaching and Leading at 301-840-6740.

**For information about FAW, please contact the Leadership Development Program at 301-279-8440.


Recertification Process for Observing and Analyzing Teaching I (OAT 1)

  • OAT recertification sessions will be posted on PDO. The session will require you to observe a class with an OAT instructor and submit a full post-observation conference report of the observation.
  • The OAT recertification sessions are purposefully scheduled to allow time for writing, submitting, receiving feedback and revising the reports prior to the due date for the AP pool application.

Future Administrators Workshop (FAW) Series

The FAW workshop series is offered every fall of each school year.

Attendance at the four-session FAW series is a requirement for entering the Assistant Principal (AP) Promotion Pool and is open to all school and central services staff interested in becoming school-based administrators. The workshop series provides an overview of what MCPS is looking for in its leaders, explains requirements for admission into the AP Promotion Pool, prepares candidates for the interview process, and describes the MCPS Leadership Development Program. Assistant School Administrators who can verify experience of at least one full year and who attended the required Assistant School Administrator seminars will receive a Future Administrators Workshop certificate. The FAW certificate is valid for three years.

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  • The Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) will accept applications for the AP/ASA Promotion Pool beginning October 27, 2017, through January 31, 2018.  
  • To apply for the AP/ASA eligibility pool, candidates must look for the posting of the AP/ASA Pool Requisition on during the application window.
  • Once admitted into the pool, AP/ASA candidates may only remain for three years. 

*For specific information regarding certification, email Mrs. Marie C. Bercaw.

**For answers to questions about the FAW series, contact Mr. Gary B. Bartee director of elementary leadership training, Dr. Monifa B. McKnight director of secondary leadership training, or Ms. Susan M. Beckwith by email or by calling 301-279-8440.


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