Assistant Principal (All Levels)

EXTERNAL Applicants Only


The Office of Human Resources and Development will accept applications for the Assistant Principal Pool beginning November 30, 2018, when the pool reopens.  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

  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in supervision, educational administration, school curriculum, or a closely related field
  • A minimum of five years of successful  teaching, counseling, PPW, or psychology experience is required and must be clearly evidenced in your resume
  • Three years of successful leadership experience is required and must be clearly evidenced in your resume.  This could include serving as a team leader, resource teacher, assistant school administrator, central services administrator, or instructional specialist.  Other leadership experience may include leading professional development, serving as an academy coordinator, or serving on the instructional leadership team.  If you have questions regarding other leadership experience that may be considered, please contact Angie Fish at 301-315-7390 or at
  • Observing and Analyzing Teaching 1 for Aspiring Administrators is recommended, but not required to apply to the pool.  Once appointed to an assistant principal or assistant school administrator position, it is necessary to either take the OAT 1 course or make sure that your recertification of OAT 1 is current.  Individuals who completed OAT 1 more than three years prior must participate in a recertification session (PDO course #52101).
  • Future Administrator's Workshop is recommended but not required.

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 Applicant Pool Process

The application process consists of the following:

  • An initial screening is conducted of all of the required documents that are submitted.  This includes the letter of interest, resume, MSDE certification, 2 completed references, and 2 submitted artifactsw.  See detailed information below.
  • Applicants who meet the initial screening requirements will be invited to participate in a panel interview consisting of a presentation of artifacts, traditional interview questions, and a simulation/role play related to a school based parental concern.

AP Pool Checklist

To be considered for the AP Pool, you must apply to the "Applicant Pool - Assistant Principal" on the MCPS Careers site and 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 explicitly demonstrating required education, training, at least three years of successful leadership experience, and a minimum of five years of successful teaching, PPW, counseling, or psychology experience
  • 2 current artifacts that showcase the work you have done and the impact of that work (PDF files only)
  • MSDE Certificate of Administrator I
  • Two references from principals and supervisors (one must be from current principal/supervisor).  All references must be emailed directly to the Administrative Staffing Department at by the person completing the reference form.  Submit reference forms only after you have applied at MCPS Careers     

    Important:  The reference form is currently being modified and will be updated by the time the pool reopens at the end of November.  Additional information will be posted at that time.

Note:  While Observing and Analyzing Teaching I and Future Administrators Workshop are no longer requirements to apply for the pool, they are recommended.  If you have completed these workshops, please upload your certificates of completion to your job submission profile.   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.* 


*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 e-mail Angie Fish at