Educator Quality | AISD Texas State Cohort

Austin ISD/Texas State University Cohort 

As part of the Austin ISD Strategic Plan and Superintendent’s Initiatives, the leadership pipeline has been identified as a priority for the district. We must redesign our recruitment, selection and development to guarantee we have a pipeline of candidates that possess the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to ensure a high level of readiness to assume an urban school principalship.

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Program Highlights

Austin ISD has partnered with Texas State University to offer an opportunity for current Austin ISD teacher leaders to earn a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification that is strongly tied to Austin ISD’s vision, mission, beliefs and values. This cohort is exclusive to Austin ISD. The program began in the summer of 2017 and will end in spring 2019. Classes are held in the evenings and/or weekends at the Baker PDC and taught by Texas State professors working in collaboration with Austin ISD central office leadership.

  • 24 Austin ISD teachers
  • Began Summer 2017 (2 years)
  • 2 Courses per semester
  • 36 credit hours (12 courses)
  • Aligned with Austin ISD’s context and strategic priorities
  • Leads to Texas Principal certification
  • Tuition fees: approx. $2,300 per semester, $750 per semester less than the normal campus cost.


Candidates applied separately to both Texas State University and to AISD.

Application requirements for Texas State University were:

  • Application through Texas State University
  • A GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges
  • A copy of the applicant’s official teaching certificate documenting initial teaching certification
  • A copy of the applicant’s official teaching record documenting at least one year’s teaching experience
  • A $40 application fee 

Information can be found online at

Financial Aid and Scholarship application can be found at . We encourage applicants to follow the links and apply to The Graduate College Scholarship (deadline is March 1, 2017; )

Application requirements for Austin ISD were:

  • Letter of recommendation from principal
  • Double spaced essay on “Why I want to be a leader in Austin ISD”
  • Current Resume

Submit Austin ISD application packet to

Application Deadline was February 24, 2017

Cohort Teacher Commitments:

  • Apply and be accepted for admission to Texas State University
  • Attend all courses from summer 2017 to spring 2019 graduation
  • 3-year promissory commitment

AISD Commitments:

  • First semester tuition paid
  • Financial support for books
  • Interview for Assistant Principal position beginning Spring 2018
  • Possible future financial assistance

Texas State Commitments:

  • Align curriculum with the Austin ISD programs and initiatives
  • Work in collaboration with Austin ISD leadership

Contact Information

Dr. Bergeron Harris
Program Coordinator, Texas State University

Ms. Laura Shearer
Program Administrative Assistant, Texas State University

Dr. Rosa Peña
Director of Leadership Development