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 in October, 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; at least one of those years must be in MCPS. Three years of leadership experience is also 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, or 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 preferred.  Note: Once appointed to an Assistant Principal or Assistant School Administrator position, it is necessary to either take the OAT1 course or make sure that your recertification of OAT1 is current. Individuals who completed OAT1 more than three years prior must participate in a recertification session (PDO course #52101).
  • Future Administrator's Workshop is strongly recommended.

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, and 3 letters of recommendation.  See detailed information below.
  • Applicants who meet the initial screening requirements will be invited to complete an open-ended written response, a performance scenario, and a panel interview.


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 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 (preferred).  Note: Applicants whose OAT1 issue date is older than 3 years should contact Skillful Teaching and Leading for information about becoming recertified in OAT1*
  • Evidence of completion of Future Administrators’ Workshop or refresher (preferred).  Note: Applicants whose FAW issue date is older than 3 years should contact the Leadership Development Team**
  • MSDE Certificate of Administrator I
  • Three reference forms from principals and supervisors (one must be from current principal/supervisor).  Note: Use MCPS form 445-25 for references.  All references must be emailed directly to the Administrative Staffing Department at by the person completing the reference form.  Please submit reference forms only after you have applied on MCPS Careers.


  *For information about OAT1 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