Future Leaders Academy

FLA Cohort 3 is forming now for Fall 2020!

The University of North Texas – Dallas (UNT Dallas) is excited to partner with Dallas Independent School District for continuation of its Future Leaders Academy. The goal of this partnership is to increase and develop future administrators to lead Dallas ISD schools.

Dallas ISD educators will work to earn a Master’s in Educational Leadership degree provided through UNT Dallas. In collaboration with Dallas ISD, specialized curriculum has been developed to capture the district’s specific strategic initiatives, data, mission, vision, values, and needs into the degree coursework.

This program is intended for Dallas ISD teachers interested in a campus administrator or other Dallas ISD leadership role.

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Earn Your Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification

The UNT Dallas’ Educational Leadership department offers a robust 30-semester hour Master’s degree program that provides students with the skills and knowledge required for leadership careers at campus or central office administration positions. Graduates will also earn their Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) certification and will be prepared to earn their Texas Principal Certificate after completion of this program.

Leadership for the 21st Century

The UNT Dallas School of Education is committed to training effective leaders to advance 21st century schools. We recognize that educational leadership is a challenging and rewarding career path that requires unique skills and competencies. The Master’s in Educational Leadership program emphasizes real-world understanding and practical application of leadership principles with a specialized focus on:

  • Multicultural Education
  • Urban Community Schools
  • Social Justice

Flexible Scheduling

UNT Dallas courses meet online, face-to-face, and in a hybrid format depending on the course. All face-to-face courses will meet at a Dallas ISD location.

Affordability and Entrance Requirements

The only public, four-year university in Dallas, UNT Dallas is the most affordable university in DFW. Our graduate courses average $911 per course – the lowest tuition cost in north Texas!

Candidates must meet the admission requirements of the UNT Dallas Graduate School. Requirements include a 3.25 GPA in your final 60 hours of undergraduate course work and an application to the UNT Dallas Graduate School through ApplyTexas.org. Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended.

There is a $50 application fee.

Features of Dallas ISD Future Leaders Academy

  • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Dallas ISD offers 50% reimbursement of UNT-Dallas tuition
    • Submission of grades, employment verification, and proof of tuition payment required
  • Employee Agreement
    • Remain with the district for a minimum of three years post-graduation
    • Complete all coursework and remain in good standing with the university
    • Maintain an A or B in all courses 

Application Process and Timeline - updated due to COVID-19

Step 1: Submit an Interest Application to the Educational Leadership Program (April 6-April 24)

Click on the link above to submit an interest application to the Educational Leadership program.  This application will designate your application as part of the Dallas ISD FLA program.  Interest applications are due April 24, 2020. After you submit your application, continue to Step 2.

Step 2: Apply to the UNT Dallas Graduate School (April 6-April 24)

Click on the link above to complete your application to the UNT Dallas Graduate School.  You must request transcripts from all colleges that you have attended and submit a $50 application fee. Once your file is complete, the UNT Graduate School will forward your application to the Educational Leadership program. Applications must be submitted on or before April 24, 2020.

Step 3: Program materials sent to candidates/Submit Educational Leadership Program Documents – (May 8)

Once your application to the Graduate School is complete, you will receive Educational Leadership program documents via email.

These include: Program application, Code of Ethics, and an essay form. These documents are due to the Educational Leadership program on or before May 8, 2020.

Step 4: Complete a program interview–(May 18-22)

A program interview with the UNT Dallas Educational Leadership department is required. Invitations will be sent to set up appointments for the interview.  Candidates can expect to spend an hour working through various scenarios, questions, and other tasks. Interviews will be completed by May 22, 2020.

Step 5: Candidates Notified

Candidates will receive an email from the Educational Leadership program with notification of their acceptance or denial to the program.

Candidates who are named as finalists for the program will continue to the next round of interviews with Dallas ISD.

Step 6: Dallas ISD Interviews

Dallas ISD will conduct a final round of interview with FLA candidates. These interviews will take place in mid-May or June 2020 and will determine the FLA Cohort 3 for Fall 2020.

PLEASE NOTE:  Candidates who miss deadlines may be eliminated from consideration to the FLA program.

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