MGRESA Alternative Preparation for Educational Leadership Program (APEL)
What is APEL?
APEL is a two tiered, alternative preparation post-baccalaureate program designed for individuals who have not prepared as leaders in a traditional leadership preparation program. Candidates’ earlier academic preparation and life experiences are recognized as they work within their schools and districts to meet requirements for Georgia Leadership certification, but not a degree.
Tier 1 prepares candidates for entry-level leadership positions that include school level positions below the principal and system level positions that do not supervise principals. Upon entry into the program, Tier I candidates are issued a three (3) year non-renewable leadership certificate that may be converted to a professional leadership certificate when requirements are met.
Tier II prepares candidates for advanced leadership positions that include school level principals or the equivalent, school system superintendents, or other district staff. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, candidates will be qualified for a professional Performance-Based Tier II certificate.
Who are the most likely candidates for this program?
Likely candidates are employees within your schools or district holding a Master’s Degree or higher who possess natural leadership abilities but lack leadership certification. Candidates may already be in a leadership position or district leaders may desire to place them in a leadership role; however, districts must assure that selected candidates are available one-half day or more each day to work in a leadership position.
While some of these individuals may elect to go the traditional graduate school route to gain leadership certification and an advanced degree, some within your district already have that degree and just need certification. Others may desire to go into leadership roles but don’t have the time or money required to attend graduate school. Still there are individuals who simply like the idea of learning by doing and being coached on the job while completing skills and competencies that are most critical to their school and district.
Why should districts buy-in to APEL?
Districts can identify great leadership talent and put those promising leaders to work immediately. Candidates will earn TKES credentialing within the first two months of entering the program and can assist in the teacher observation process.
School and district leaders become partners in determining the skills and behaviors that are most critical to their growth needs. Each candidate has a rigorous Individual Growth Plan that includes specific job-embedded tasks. Candidates are provided coaching and feedback on performance by both district and MGRESA personnel.
How long is the program?
Each Tier requires a minimum twelve (12) month minimum residency period. Candidates can have up to three years to complete Tier I while they hold non-renewable certificates. An additional three years may be used to complete Tier II, although candidates must hold renewable performance-based leadership certification while completing this Tier.
What is the cost?
The cost for each 12-month Tier is $6,000 for candidates employed by Middle Georgia RESA districts and $6,500 for candidates employed in other RESA districts. Additionally, a $350 travel expense surcharge will be added for those out of the Middle GA RESA service area. Candidates requiring extended program time for completion will be charged on a sliding scale. Payroll deduction is available for participating systems.
How do candidates become part of this program?
Applications and additional program information for each Tier are available online at www.www.mgresa.org.
For more information, contact Penny Smith, Leadership Development Coordinator at Middle Georgia RESA. Contact Information: (478) 957-3042 or firstname.lastname@example.org