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CoLA Admission and Application Requirements

Application Opens: Wednesday, January 15, 2025
Application Deadline: Monday, May 26, 2025 
Cohort 28 Program Orientation: TBD- June 2025
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s* degree from an accredited institution of higher education.  
  • Official sealed transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.  Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale on either all, or the last 60 hours of coursework.  
  • Valid classroom teaching certificate.
  • Official service record confirming at least two (2) years of credible teaching experience.
  • Accomplished educator as evidenced by most recent T-TESS appraisal report or equivalent.  Minimum 3.25 average score on Domains 2 and 3 combined, with no dimension scoring below proficient.  
  • Professional resume reflecting evidence of at least two (2) years of instructional leadership experience.  
  • Passing score on two program screening instruments (written and face to face interviews) 
  • Letter of Recommendation/Commitment Form** 
  • Three (3) professional references
  • Attend CoLA Information Session for current cohort
  • Application fee $50 (non-refundable) 
The CoLA Online Application along with all required documents must be submitted by the application deadline.  Incomplete applications may be considered for the following cohort cycle. 
Please note that previous certification exam testing history will be considered when making admissions decisions. 

*A Master’s degree must be conferred prior to being recommended for a Texas Standard Principal as Instructional Leader Certificate.

**This form will be provided upon the start of an online application and must be completed by the applicant's current campus principal.  


Program Fees:

    • Application fee $50 (non-refundable)
    • CoLA Program - $7,725  $6500
Fees are subject to change and reflect information available at the time of posting.


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