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The University of Mississippi Pathways to School Leadership

About the Program

The University of Mississippi’s Division of Outreach and Continuing Education’s Office of Professional Development and Lifelong Learning will offer academic classes through the School of Education.   Upon successful completion of the two academic leadership focused classes (6 credit hours in total) and 5 School Leadership (OSL) credits, students will be able to satisfy the MDE requirements to apply to receive their Career-Level Administrator License.

*If an individual has already begun OSL with the MDE, the six hours can be taken once OSL is completed.

Locations & Dates

Leadership for Family, Community, and School Partnerships as an Active Response to Crises
Dates: January 19, 2021
Location: Virtual Learning

Social Emotional Learning as a Key Component in Response to Crises (i.e. COVID19)
Dates: June 1, 2021
Location: Virtual Learning

Who can Apply and Register for a Class?

Candidates who have completed the one-year MAPQSL internship can register for the class. The class offers three (3) hours of Educational Leadership coursework to be eligible for Career-Level Administrator License.

Admission to the University of Mississippi

In order to register for the OSL professional development, you MUST first apply to The University of Mississippi. You may do so by applying online at You will need to select graduate admission (non-degree seeking).  The online registration process is self-explanatory, and, with the exception of the required transcripts, may be accomplished over the internet.


Tuition Charges

Tuition is based on the current academic school year’s tuition cost  for a 3 hour graduate level class.  Please keep in mind that the University of Mississippi also attaches a nominal Capital Improvement Fee to all academic courses.  You are responsible for all charges associated with your enrollment in a class.

As a general practice, we do not process tuition partial payments for our programs. However, we will accept personal checks for payment of tuition. If you wish to pay with a personal check, you may mail your check to the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education (payable to "The University of Mississippi") along with your enrollment form, and we will deliver it to the Bursar’s Office where they will process your payment and credit your account.

If you do not choose to pay by check in this way, a "hold" will be placed on your account until your Bursar bill is paid in full. If you fail to pay your Bursar bill, you will not be able to secure a copy of your transcript from the University.

Cost of Program Materials

Each participant will be responsible for the cost of the class materials.


No scholarships are available at this time for the PTSL program unless your school district allows you to use Bank Credit Hours.

Academic Credit

As an admitted UM student in the PTSL program, you can earn six (6) hours of academic credit by enrolling and successfully completing two 3 hour courses over the course of two academic terms.

Course Descriptions

Leadership for Family, Community, and School Partnerships as an Active Response to Crises 

Due to current as well as past crises, schools and districts have faced closures; re-openings have been indefinite; and implementation of virtual learning has our typical school and family partnerships evolving. Schools and families have shifted in how they communicate and support one another, as families are more responsible for supporting their children’s learning at home. In many cases teachers are reaching into each family’s home to help guide student learning through a new variety of engagement methods. Engaging all families will require true partnerships, and the building of mutual trust and respect to ensure every student has the opportunity to participate in equitable learning is a priority. School leaders are faced with a number of barriers to this work. However, they want to create opportunities to support students and their families despite crises. Hopefully, the challenges will bring about deepened relationships with families and engagement in their children’s learning.

Participants will examine the national and local contexts of how K-12 school leaders can effectively engage families and the community in all students’ academic and nonacademic success. Participants will examine the gaps and identify obstacles that could challenge improvement efforts, as well as provide equity and identify supports for increasing student achievement especially during crises. Participants will gain and understanding of cultural competence and its importance to family/school/community partnerships. Through the exploration of research, the examination of present family and community engagement plans, and the review of best practices, leaders will develop options for improving their plans and ensuring that all stakeholders representing a school and its diverse community are involved in planning and sharing responsibility for student achievement.

Social Emotional Learning as a Key Component in Response to Crises (i.e. COVID19)

In light of the Pandemic, many school leaders and educators are keenly and understandably focused on "getting the academics right" with on-line learning, socially distanced, etc. With their classrooms, student relationships, and support systems upended by closures, social-emotional learning may not have been a priority.

Educators across the country are grappling with an unprecedented set of circumstances as they prepare to welcome students and adults back to school. We face the layered impact of school closures (e.g., loss of school-based relationships, routines, and learning); COVID-19 (e.g., on health, isolation, stress, and trauma); economic crisis (e.g., unemployment, impact on school budgets), and persistent, pernicious racial inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and amplified by the nationwide mobilization for racial justice.

As a result, all of our students, families, educators, and community partners have been affected in some way. Some have missed major milestones with their friends and family members. Others have experienced enormous loss—of loved ones, of jobs, of their health and physical or psychological safety, or trust in their social institutions. The impact of these challenges is not equal and further reveals the deep connections of the racial and class inequities in our education system to the persistent disparities in the health, economic, and criminal justice systems and every facet of our society.

and implemented in the very near future. Participants will focus on objectives to strategically and collaboratively develop and plan implementation of a school-wide Social Emotional Learning Action Plan focusing on supporting staff and students.


If you are unable to attend the professional learning for which you have registered, it is important to notify our office of this at least five (5) business days prior to the first day of class. Participants who withdraw from the professional development in this way may be able to receive a full refund of their payment from the Bursar’s Office. After this time, however, a full refund of tuition cannot be guaranteed.


Griffin R. Stroupe, Program Coordinator
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
Office of Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
Phone: (662) 915-3121
Fax: (662) 915-5138
Mail: The University of Mississippi, Division of Outreach, Office of Professional Development, Post Office Box 1848, University, MS 38677