Dr. David Castelline, Director
Barbara MacDonald, Administrator

All classes held at EDCO Collaborative
36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

ELI Instructors and staff: Top L to R: Mike Welch, Eva Thompson,  Bob Desaulniers. Bottom L to R: Ruth Chapman, David Castelline, ELI Director,  Gerry Leader, ELI Founder and Director Emeritus, Holli Caulfield.  Not pictured are ELI Administrator, Barbara MacDonald and ELI instructors Bill Lupini, Henry Turner and Tom Gwin.

EDCO’s Educator Leadership Institute (ELI) is a licensure program preparing teachers and administrators for Principal/Assistant Principal PreK-8 or 5-12.  Upon completion of the coursework, ELI endorses the cohort of candidates to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for licensure. Candidates may also choose to receive a Master’s Degree in partnership with a local university.

Application Process: 

 The Cohort 19 application and accompanying materials should be completed on a computer and emailed to Barbara MacDonald, ELI Administrator: eliadmin@edcollab.org. The application deadline is December 15, 2020. 

Please complete the application in Word format.  The remaining documents can be sent as pdf’s which include two reference letters, a personal statement, a resume and evidence of passing MTEL’s Communication and Literacy Test.

Information Sessions:

Some or all of Information Sessions will be held either virtually (Zoom) or at EDCO Collaborative
36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

Below are the Information Session dates and times:

 October 14, 2020 5:00-6:30pm
November 9, 2020 – 5:00-6:30pm
December 1, 2020 – 5:00-630pm

Although it is not a requirement for application or acceptance, we have found most prospective candidates desire a firsthand experience of the program prior to application. ELI holds three Information Sessions in the fall where prospective candidates have the opportunity to participate in a sample case study and discuss the program with current students, graduates and faculty. Please email eliadmin@edcollab.org to register for one of the Information Sessions.

Admissions Qualifications:

Possession of at least an initial license in another educational role and completion of three full years of employment in a district-wide, school-based, or other educational setting. Verified passing of MTEL or documentation of test registration. It is expected candidates will be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Accepted students should have the latest Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) version on an accessible computer and have access to a printer capable of producing multiple-page documents. Students should also be able to download materials online (high-speed internet) and check email daily for updates. A laptop for use in the classroom is not required.


ELI prepares teachers and administrators with leadership potential for Principal/Assistant Principal PreK-8 and 5-12 positions.  Upon completion of the coursework, ELI endorses the cohort of candidates to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for licensure.

The program consists of graduate course work and a supervised practicum. The next 18-month program, starting in January 2020 and ending in June 2021, can be completed while maintaining a full-time teaching or administrative position.

Courses 2021-2022

Spring Semester classes for Cohort 19 will be held Wednesday evenings from 4:15 pm – 8:00 pm
January 13, 2021 – May 19, 2021
at EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730  

  • OM 500 Learning as Strategy (3 credits)
    OM 510 Leadership in Transition and Creativity (3 credits)

No classes are held on federal and state holidays or public school breaks.

Summer Semester classes– End of June 2021 through July 2021 – EDCO Collaborative
Summer classes are M-F from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm unless specified by the instructor

  • OM 503 Measurement and Evaluations (3 credits)
  • OM 502 Professional Development in Training Processes (3 credits)
  • OM 505: Educational Leadership and the Law (3 credits)

School Year 2021-2022 Practicum and Practicum Seminars – EDCO Collaborative
Classes are Thursdays, September 2021 – June 2022
4:15 pm – 8:00 pm

  • OM 504 Organizational Strategy and Design (3 credits)
  • OM 563 Research Strategies for Interpersonal Leadership Development (3 credits)
  • OM 537: Operational and Financial Management Strategies (3 credits)
  • OM 515: Parental Engagement for Student Learning (3 credits)
  • OM 564 Organizational Systems (3 credits)
  • OM 585 Human Resources and Organizational Potential (3 credits)
  • OM 507 Consultative Process Skills (3 credits)

SEI Course:

In order to get an administrator’s license, candidates must have the SEI endorsement which can be obtained in one of 3 ways:
1. Pass the MTEL test for SEI
2. Complete the teacher’s SEI course (45 hrs) or
3. Complete our SEI Administrator’s course in the fall (15 hrs)

ELI offers the administrator’s SEI course (endorsed by DESE). This course is offered in the fall (approximately 5 sessions) and is held one day a week separate from the regularly held Thursday afternoon ELI sessions. If a candidate already has completed the Teacher SEI course it is not necessary to take this optional course. The ELI course does not cover the requirement of 45 hours for teachers.

The 2021-2022 Tuition Schedule is listed below. An optional Master’s Degree is offered with an accompanying fee charged for credits earned.

Semester Tuition
Basic Program Tuition
due for Licensure
due 12/30/20
TOTAL $11,600

Placement Record

ELI graduates apply for and are often chosen for top administrative leadership positions in both suburban and urban settings. ELI has been successful in placing over 200 graduates in leadership positions in the greater metro Boston area. Since its founding in 2003, ELI graduates have assumed educational leadership positions in a diversity of school districts.

The 18 month program consists of graduate course-work and a supervised practicum and may be completed while maintaining a full-time teaching or administrative position.  For more information email: eliadmin@edcollab.org

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