How to Apply to the Teacher Leadership Program

All candidates for admission to the Teacher Leadership Program (AGS, Jewish Day School Fellowship, Brandeis-Waltham Teacher Leader Fellowship and EdM) must submit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) online application. The usual $75 application fee has been waived for this program.

Please note that not all sections of the GSAS application are necessary for your application to the Teacher Leadership Program to be considered complete. Only the following sections of the GSAS online application are required:

All applicants will be interviewed in person or via videoconference.

Application Deadlines

The early decision deadline for the Master of Education and Advanced Graduate Study programs is January 31. Teachers who complete their application by January 31 will be notified of admission by February 28. For all applications completed after January 31, we will revert to rolling admissions until the cohort is full.

Regular application deadline for the Master of Education and Advanced Graduate Study programs is May 1.

For the Jewish Day School Fellowship, the application deadline is January 31. Acceptance letters will be sent out in mid-March.

Application Requirements


Successful candidates to the EdM and AGS programs will have at least four years of teaching experience.

Teachers from Jewish day schools applying for the Jewish Day School Fellowship must have at least five years of teaching experience.

Recommendation Information

Candidates to this program must submit names of two references. One of these must be the head of school or principal, and the second must be a colleague. The recommendation letters should take the form of:

A Letter of Endorsement from a teaching colleague attesting to your instructional excellence and leadership potential.

A Letter of Nomination from the principal or head of school that includes:

  • A commitment to provide authentic leadership opportunities for the participating teacher(s)* during and after the program.

The letter of nomination should address the following questions:

  1. How would you characterize this person's teaching? Would you say that s/he is an effective, even exemplary, teacher?

  2. Will other teachers have confidence in this person as a leader of teacher learning? On what are you basing this assessment?

  3. What role(s) would you like this teacher to play in the school?

  4. How would this teacher's leadership help your school to achieve its instructional goals?

Statement of Purpose

You will be asked to submit responses to two of the following three questions (select either 1 or 2; and 3):

  1. Describe one significant change in your classroom teaching practice. Why did you undertake this change? What challenges did you encounter? How well is it working and how do you know?; OR

  2. Describe a change that you tried to initiate in your school. Why did you undertake this change? What challenges did you encounter? How well is it working and how do you know?; AND

  3. What experiences and capacities do you bring to teacher leadership? What new understandings and skills do you want to develop?

Other Application Requirements

The GRE is not required for admission to the Teacher Leadership Program.

You will be interviewed as part of the review process. The interview may be done in-person if the applicant is able to meet with the committee on campus or via video conference online. 

International Students

Because this is a part-time nature program, international applicants requiring an F-1 visa are ineligible to participate. 

If you have other questions regarding visa status and or eligibility, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office.