Assistant Principal Pool Information Session

For those of you who were able to attend the Assistant Principal Information Session on Thursday, October 24, 2019, thank you for allowing us the time to share an overview of the process!  We hope you left us feeling more confident in navigating the many steps.

For those of you who could not attend, everyone is invited to use the following link to explore the new site we "revealed" on October 24th.

We look forward to working with you as you begin this application process!

If you have any questions, please contact OHRD at 301-315-7390.

Informational sessions for the prequalified principal pool will take place on December 10, 2019.  Invitations will go out following AP pool informational sessions.


Future Administrators Opportunities

MCPS is looking for motivated, dedicated, skillful, and creative people to become school-based administrators. Research shows that effective school administrators play a critical role in the success of schools and their students. Recruitment and development of future administrators helps to ensure that MCPS will continue to focus on the success of every student. Ideal candidates include teacher leaders who support student achievement in the classroom, provide or have provided professional development to other teachers, and who develop or have developed curriculum and programs.

Note: If you are currently in the Assistant Principal (AP) or Assistant School Administrator Pool (ASA), you DO NOT need to re-apply. After your eligibility expires, you must wait one year before applying to the AP or ASA Pool.


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Assistant Principal (All Levels)


The Assistant Principal Pool will reopen from October 15, 2019, through January 16, 2020.  All application materials including references are due no later than the application deadline of January 16, 2020.  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 Caitlin Moriarty 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.

Information about Artifacts

With regards to the artifacts, there is a wide variety of what is acceptable.  Part of the process involves your decision-making with regards to what you deem as an important representation of the work you have done and the impact of that work.  Artifacts must include current evidence of the impact of your leadership on topics including, but not limited to, the following: improved teaching and learning, culture, climate, social emotional well-being, systemic initiatives, equity, school and office operations, and pupil services.  When deciding on which artifacts to upload, please consider the following guiding questions:

  • What was your goal in initiating the work and why?
  • What was your specific role in the work?
  • How do you know you made a difference (qualitative and/or quantitative data)?
  • What did you learn and what would you do differently?

Please note that awards and certificates are not considered artifacts.

The following link contains a document outlining the system's core values and guiding principles, along with demonstrated competencies aligned to those core values and guiding principles.  This information is important to keep in mind when selecting your artifacts and preparing your application materials.

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 artifacts.  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 has been updated and can be accessed by clicking here.  If using a Chromebook, make sure to clear your browsing history before accessing the form.

Note:  While Observing and Analyzing Teachers 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 240-740-5771.

**For information about FAW, please contact the Leadership Development Program at 240-740-3207.

For information about the application process, please e-mail Caitlin Moriarty at