Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality School Leadership Program

MAPQSL will be accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 program year from November 1, 2018 to May 10, 2019

What is MAPQSL?

The Mississippi Community College Foundation is pleased to offer the Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality School Leadership (MAPQSL). This program is offered in collaboration with the Institute for Education and Workforce Development and utilizes the National Institute for School Leadership’s research-based curriculum.

  • Fifteen (15) days summer training beginning June 3rd and ending June 26,2019
  • Nine (9) Saturday sessions during the school year which may include a combination of webinars, online coursework, and/or face-to-face training
  • One year internship consisting of 1000 hours for the year in a school district and completion of a portfolio and action learning project with an approved successful principal as a mentor
  • Supervision and mentorship through a certified NISL MAPQSL faculty member with onsite visits twice a year

What’s included in the training?

The training program for MAPQSL candidates includes the following components:


  1. Summer Training – Participants accepted into the program must successfully complete the 15-day administrator training program offered from June 3, 2019 – June 26, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at one of three community college program sites. Participants must attend all sessions to obtain the One-Year Alternate Route Assistant Administrator license #494
  2. Saturday Sessions – Participants must complete the MAPQSL Practicum, including nine (9) Saturdays during the school year following the summer program (one per month from August to May). All summer program participants will complete the Practicum while they are serving the one year internship so that they will be eligible for the five-year alternate route license when an administrative position becomes available.
  3. Internship – Program participants must participate in an internship for 1000 hours for the year under an approved successful principal or district administrator. The one-year internship will include supervision and mentorship by NISL MAPQSL faculty and the approved district mentor. During the internship, the mentor must validate work completed toward goals of the program decided by the district mentor and NISL MAPQSL faculty through provided logs. In order to receive the 5 year administrator’s license, participants must also successfully complete the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) test. The cost of the SLLA is $425.00 (as of OCtober 1, 2018) and is at the participant’s expense.


This program will be available to K-12 educators who meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently employed in a Mississippi school system
  • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited Institution of Higher Learning
  • Valid Class AA Mississippi educator license
  • Minimum three (3) years of teaching experience

MAPQSL Candidate Profile

When writing the application essay, candidates should consider the information below.

Vision of education and advocacy for children and families

The candidate describes his/her vision for education that includes all students.
The candidate is an advocate for children and families as stated in the application essay.

All students are capable of learning if given time and support, a challenging curriculum and expert instruction

Schools must take proactive measures to ensure that resources and opportunity to learn are equitably distributed among all students

School-community relations are a two-way street requiring cultural adjustments by both parties

Excellence in instruction and classroom management

The candidate describes how he/she promotes expectations for student achievement.
The candidate understands and describes how to use formative and summative assessments.
The candidate understands and describes principles of effective instruction.

The candidate is a competent classroom teacher who knows good classroom instruction and student learning.
The candidate clearly communicates his/her level of content knowledge and can relate content to the real world.
The candidate showed excellence as a teacher based upon the results of the supervisors or superintendent’s letter of recommendation.
The candidate uses technology during instruction.
The candidate understands and describes the importance of providing a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
The candidate describes ways to involve parents in their child’s education.
The candidate identifies community resources and describes ways to communicate with these resources.
The candidate has a history of effective communication with parents, colleagues, and the administration.

Teacher leadership and project management
The candidate describes how he/she would develop an effective professional development program for teachers.
The candidate describes how he/she would nurture and sustain a positive school culture.
The candidate understands and describes what is meant by a just, fair and caring environment.
The candidate understands and describes the political nature of education.

Evidence that the candidate has taken on responsibilities beyond his/her classroom instructional duties to improve the quality of instruction and/or a school culture of achievement or solve a problem getting in the way of student success

Personal qualities predictive of leadership success
The candidate shows a high level of maturity to complete the alternative route program

Personal drive and achievement orientation
Commitment to self-improvement
Maturity (objective, non-defensive, healthy assertiveness, sees other points of view)
Takes initiative
Courageous and steadfast
Sees own role in a problem situation

Interpersonal skill and relations
Generous and caring
Uses conflict positively
Gives and receives feedback effectively
Understands the interests and positions of others
Negotiates with reason, openness, and a view to the interests of all parties
Acknowledges the presence, efforts and contributions of others
Gives credit where it is due

Capacity to see the “big picture,” works with complexity, and takes the long term approach

Program Completion

When program participants have completed the summer training program the MCCF will enter the recommendation into the Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS) that allows participants to apply for the 494 endorsement (the one year assistant administrator license).

MDE will require a letter from the school district confirming an administrative internship and indicating the name of the administrative position, with a list of internship duties. MDE will also require that the superintendent write a letter indicating the administrative position the MAPQSL participant will hold following completion of the internship. The 494 endorsement is a pre-requisite to the 486 endorsement. Participants may apply for a five (5) year entry-level administrator license (486) after completion of the following:

a) 9 Saturday practicums
b) Passage of SLLA
c) Return of the Mentorship Evaluation form ( to MDE

This five-year license is non-renewable. Licensure guidelines require that new alternate route administrators holding the five-year entry-level license will be required to complete SEMI Entry-level Orientation to School Leadership (OSL) training and six (6) hours of Educational Leadership coursework to be eligible for a Career-level Administrator license.

The university coursework will be at the participant’s expense. The university credit and OSL work can also be completed during the internship year. If you would like to be considered as a candidate for the MAPQSL program please download the application and submit it to MCCF by May 10, 2019. No tuition fee beyond the $50.00 deposit is required unless you are notified that you have been selected as a participant in the MAPQSL program.

Where is the training offered?

MAPQSL will host classes at 2 or 3 sites at strategically located community college campuses in central, north central, and south central Mississippi. The number of sites will depend upon overall enrollment.

MAPQSL 2019 Program Costs

Submit a $50.00 non-refundable fee, which will be applied to the $3950.00 tuition if the applicant is selected. If selected, $2600.00 will be due by May 7, 2019. The balance of $1300.00 will be due in two installments – $650.00 by September 10, 2019 and $650.00 by November 12, 2019. All payments are to be made by cashier’s check or money order, with the applicant’s name on the “memo” line.

The deadline for MAPQSL applications to be submitted to the MCCF has been extended to May 10, 2019.


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