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ELDA Leaders Exploring Administrative Possibilities (LEAP) Program

Program Overview The Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) at the University of San Diego (USD) offers the Leaders Exploring Administrative Possibilities (LEAP) Program, which engages highly qualified and motivated students in leadership development. The curriculum in LEAP is designed to provide students with the knowledge, experience and support needed for a successful and sustained career in school leadership. Students will explore their potential as leaders while studying effective management practices in schools, network with other educators including local school district and university faculty, practice newly-acquired leadership skills, and receive feedback and coaching from ELDA staff and LEAP mentors. The program begins with a three-day LEAP Summer Leadership Institute and continues from September through March with monthly seminars. A culminating activity is held in the spring.

Distinguishing Features • This is a low stakes 3-unit program to help students explore their leadership skills and abilities and to build a basis for pursuing career opportunities in school leadership. • Unique format — the program begins with a three-day summer institute, and continues with seminars one Saturday per month from September through March. • Reduced tuition is available for this program.

Program Curriculum

Admission Requirements

Course required for completion of the LEAP Program (total of 3 units):

While applicants are evaluated based on a holistic

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Leaders Exploring Administrative Possibilities

3 units

method, the successful candidate to the program will demonstrate his or her candidacy in the following

LEAP Summer Leadership Institute and seminar topics include:


• Building trust as a school leader.

• Complete the LEAP application, which can be

• Discovering the leader within you. • Building a winning team to support students. • Knowing and utilizing your strengths. • Leading adult learning. • Building skills for instructional operations. • Career development, building a resume.

downloaded online at • Submit all college/university transcripts. Applicants must submit one official sealed transcript from every college/university attended. • Possess a valid Clear California Teaching or Services Credential.

Additional Requirement: Upon completion of the LEAP Program, eligible students are encouraged to apply to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier I) ELDA Aspiring Leaders Program.

• A minimum of two years experience in schools, working as a teacher or in other professional roles (e.g., resource teacher, team leader, instructional coach, department head or member of a school leadership team).

Please submit all application packets to: Melinda Martin Educational Leadership Development Academy University of San Diego/SOLES 5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492 Applications are accepted in the spring. For the most current deadlines, please visit

Contact Information Melinda Martin ELDA Co-Director Phone: (619) 260-4181 E-mail:

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