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What is the Collaborative Principal Preparation Program?
The CPPP is a collaborative leadership development program between the University of Central Missouri and 14 participating school districts. It is designed as a shared learning and leadership program in which participating districts recommend candidates who have leadership potential. Completion of the two-year program results in either a Master of Science in Education in School Administration degree or an Educational Specialist in School Principalship degree (elementary or secondary).

When are new CPPP cohorts established?
UCM establishes a new cohort each fall, with classes beginning the second week in August. Students working toward a specialist degree will begin their coursework in the summer. Typically the summer schedule runs from the second week in June to the third week in July.

What is the timeline for applying to the CPPP?
Applications are accepted January of each year through the end of March or until the cohort is full.

What is the application process?
Candidates need to complete an application form (including writing a one-two page letter of interest as indicated on the application, and sign a letter of commitment indicating they understand this is a two-year program. The three documents should be submitted to the CPPP district contact person.

Where can I find the Application Documents?
Go to the CPPP home page, select the "Apply Today" tab for all necessary application documents and district contacts.

When do classes meet?
Classes meet on Wednesday evenings. The first class meets from 5 - 7:25 p.m. and the second class from 7:30 - 10 p.m. The summer class schedule is established in collaboration with the students.

Where are the classes held?
All classes are held at the UCM Summit Center (CSC) in Lee's Summit, MO.

What school districts are participating members of the CPPP?

Belton Grandview Oak Grove
Blue Springs Harrisonville Pleasant Hill
Center Hickman Mills Raymore-Peculiar
Fort Osage Independence Raytown
Grain Valley Lee's Summit  


Is financial aid available for CPPP students?
Yes, because students enrolled in two classes each semester are considered full-time students, you will qualify for financial aid as a CPPP student. Ed.S. students needing financial aid for their first summer should contact Dr. Russell. For more information on financial aid visit, (hyperlink)

Who is designated as my district contact person?
Below is a list of each district contact.

District Contact Telephone
Belton Bob Poisal 816-348-1000
Blue Springs Scott Young 816-224-1300
Center Beth Heide 816-349-3300
Fort Osage Maria Fleming 816-650-7000
Grain Valley Brad Welle 816-847-5006
Grandview Lori DeAnda 816-316-5000
Harrisonville Tim Ryan 816-380-2727
Hickman Mills Carl Skinner 816-316-7000
Independence Dred Scott 816-521-2700
Lee's Summit Eric Flack 816-986-1085
Oak Grove Linda Williams 816-690-4156
Pleasant Hill Becky Gallager 816-540-3161
Raymore-Peculiar Al Voelker 816-892-1311
Raytown Steve Shelton 816-268-7000

What are the admission criteria for the CPPP?
Candidates must possess a valid teaching certificate. It is recommended that candidates have one year of teaching experience. Candidates applying for the master's program are required to have a 2.75 undergraduate GPA. Candidates applying for the specialist degree program are required to have a 3.25 GPA in graduate coursework. All candidates must be recommended by their school district contact.

If I want to find out more about the program, who should I contact?
Contact Dr. Henry Russell at or at 816-809-5715.

Have graduates been successful in obtaining leadership positions?

Thirty-four CPPP participants attained leadership positions for the 2014-2015 school year. To date, over 100 CPPP participants (graduates or current students) are in leadership positions.