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Fast Track Educational Leadership Program

Designed for individuals who already possess a Master's degree in education, the "Fast Track" Educational Leadership Program is an 18 credit hour, one-year program focused on preparation for formal school leadership roles – principal, assistant principal, supervisor, or facilitator – and for the Beginning Instructional Leadership License (BILL) in Tennessee. We encourage to take a look at the Fast Track Educational Leadership Program Course Checklist to get a better idea of whether this program is for you.

Application deadlines

To be considered for application, all your application materials should be submitted by:

  • Fall Entry - July 15
  • Spring Entry - November 1

Cohorts are planned for each Fall and Spring but CBU reserves the right to defer entry based on applicant numbers. 

To apply

  • Complete the Fast Track Educational Leadership Program application form: Please DO NOT send application materials such as recommendation forms, essays, or transcripts without first having an application on file.
  • $35 application fee.
  • Three recommendation forms from two peers and one supervisor.
  • Copies of an Apprentice or Professional Tennessee teaching license with at least three years teaching experience.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • If you are not employed by a TN public school district at this time, you must submit a background check.
  • A confidential application portfolio which contains:
    • Current resume.
    • Copy of most recent performance appraisal.
    • A current professional development plan.
    • Evidence to demonstrate ability to improve student achievement and leadership in coaching others to raise student achievement.
    • Evidence of in-depth knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
    • Evidence to demonstrate ability to develop collaborative, cooperative relationships with stakeholders.
    • A personal statement of career goals and how the leadership program at CBU can assist you in reaching these goals.
    • A Philosophy of Instructional Leadership.
    • Autobiographical Sketch.
    • Please do not submit portfolio in a notebook or in protective sheets. Plain sheets in a manila envelope is ideal.
  • Applicants must also complete the Star Administrator Questionnaire - results must be emailed to
  • An interview with the Graduate Education Committee.

All admissions materials should be sent to:

Graduate & Professional Studies
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South, Box T-5
Memphis, TN 38104

For more information, contact the Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program, Dr. Richard Potts at or 901-321-3020.

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