Program Information

The Path to Leadership program is owned and operated by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). It is the state’s only alternative route to earning a PK-12 administrator certificate. Our goal is to provide candidates with a PK-12 administrator certificate at an affordable cost and in a manageable time frame through a program developed by principals, for principals.

The program’s high-quality coursework is built on the Michigan Standards for the Preparation of School Principals and the Michigan School Improvement Framework and presented in an online format that will include mentoring and the building of a professional portfolio.

All candidates must pay the non-refundable application fee and submit all required materials by the date specified for each Cohort. 


MASSP begins a new Cohort every 6-8 weeks, which equates to approximately six Cohorts per calendar year. Information on each new Cohort is posted after the previous deadline has passed. 

The Path to Leadership program’s coursework takes approximately one year to complete. All candidates are expected to participate in the program as part of a Cohort.

Modules are six weeks in length with a one week break between each. 

The Field Experience is school-based and varies in length, as it is an individualized process set-up through the Path to Leadership office.

Application materials MUST be submitted through the Path to Leadership program’s online learning platform at (paper and/or e-mail submissions are NOT accepted).