Assistant Principal (All Levels)

INTERNAL Applicants Only

Previous employees accepted into the AP Pool should NOT apply!  


The Office of Human Resources and Development will accept applications from current MCPS employees for the Assistant Principal Pool beginning June 15, 2018, through August 15, 2018.

Please visit MCPS Careers and apply to the "Applicant Pool - Assistant Principal."

Summary Description

Under direction of the principal, the assistant principal assists with administering and supervising the total school program and providing educational leadership for students and staff members consistent with the educational goals of the community. Functions include establishing a climate conducive to learning, planning, and coordinating programs, affecting change, and decision making.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of MCPS policies and procedures, the school curriculum, and state and federal regulations and laws
  • Knowledge of curriculum, instruction, organizational patterns, school operations, and pupil services
  • Ability to motivate, encourage, and work with staff to ensure outstanding performance as well as good morale
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent human relations skills

Education, Training, and Experience

  • Master degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in supervision, educational administration, school curriculum, or a closely related field
  • Five years of successful teaching experience; at least one of those years must be in MCPS
  • Three years of school-based leadership experience, assistant school administrator, or central services administrator/central services instructional specialist
  • Observing and Analyzing Teaching I preferred

Certification Requirements

The applicant must meet Maryland certification requirements for Administrator I or elementary or secondary or special education principal/supervisor. If not previously submitted, mail your official transcript with conferred Master's Degree to the MCPS Certification Unit at 45 West Gude Drive, Suite 2300, Rockville, MD 20850 and request that your certification record be updated. For more information regarding certification click here.

AP/ASA Applicant Pool Process

 Click here for AP/ASA Applicant Pool Process 2018-2019  


AP Pool Checklist

To be considered for the AP Pool, you must attach to your MCPS Careers profile the following:

  • Letter of interest, including level (elementary, middle, or high) addressed to the Associate Superintendent, Office of Human Resources and Development
  • Resume demonstrating education, training, at least three years of successful leadership experience, and a minimum of five years successful teaching experience
  • Certificate from Observing and Analyzing Teaching I (OAT-1) preferred.  Applicants whose OAT-1 issue date is older than 3 years should contact Skillful Teaching and Leading for information about becoming recertified in OAT-1*
  • Evidence of completion of Future Administrators’ Workshop (FAW) or refresher preferred.  Applicants whose FAW issue date is older than 3 years should contact the Leadership Development Team**
  • Certificate of Administrator I
  • You must apply to the "Applicant Pool - Assistant Principal" on MCPS Careers.
  • Three reference forms from principals and supervisors (one must be from current principal/supervisor) to be emailed directly to the Administrative Staffing Department at by the person completing the reference form (MCPS form 445-25).  Please submit reference forms only after you have applied on MCPS Careers.


  *For information about OAT-1 classes, please contact Skillful Teaching and Leading at 301-840-6740.

**For information about FAW, please contact the Leadership Development Program at 301-279-8440.

For information about the application process, please email Angie Fish at