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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).

What administrative certificates will my courses allow me to be eligible for when I complete the CPPP?
Depending on which program you choose, you will be eligible for (on passing the DESE performance tasks and content test): Elementary Principal K-8, Middle School Principal 5-9, Secondary Principal 7-12. If you are a certificated special education teacher you may also be eligible for the Special Education Director K-12 certificate. Contact Dr. Russell for details.

When are new CPPP cohorts established?
UCM establishes a new cohort each fall, with classes beginning the second week in August. Typically the summer schedule runs from the second week in May through the last week in June.

What is the timeline for applying to the CPPP?
Applications are accepted January of each year through the end of June 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). The two documents should be submitted to the CPPP district contact person.

Where can I find the Application?
Go to the CPPP home page, select the "Apply Today" tab.

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 Missouri Innovation Center (MIC) 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. For more information on financial aid visit,

Who is designated as my district contact person?

District Contact Telephone
Belton Bob Poisal 816-348-1000
Blue Springs Leslie Evans 816-224-1300
Center Kyle Palmer 816-349-3300
Fort Osage Maria Fleming 816-650-7000
Grain Valley Beth Mulvey 816-847-5006
Grandview Lori DeAnda 816-316-5000
Harrisonville Dan Erholtz 816-380-2727
Hickman Mills Carl Skinner 816-316-7000
Independence Dred Scott 816-521-2700
Lee's Summit Kevin Daniel 816-986-1085
Oak Grove Linda Williams 816-690-4156
Pleasant Hill Becky Gallagher 816-540-3161
Raymore-Peculiar Al Voelker 816-892-1311
Raytown Marlene DeVilbiss 816-268-7000

What are the admission criteria for the CPPP?
Candidates must possess a valid teaching certificate. 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 person.

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?

To date, over 143 CPPP participants (graduates or current students) are in leadership positions.