Aspiring Leaders Program


Applications for Cohort H Beginning August 2024 Now Being Accepted

Info Session Poster-Aspiring Leaders Program 2024

The Program:

The Nova Scotia Aspiring Leaders Program (ALP) is a professional learning program for teachers, mentors, and department heads who are interested in becoming effective school principals and vice-principals. The program is offered by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) in partnership with the Educational Leadership Consortium of Nova Scotia (ELCNS) and participating regional centres/boards.

ALP extends over 14 months beginning in August and includes two summer institutes and seven Friday-Saturday seminars. An eight-day residency program with an experienced school principal is integrated throughout the program. A certificate is granted following an exit assessment and successful completion of all program components.

The program has been designed to be a balance between knowledge and skills, theory and practice. Reflection and networking opportunities are incorporated into each seminar and institute.

Download the ALP 2024-25 Brochure

Learn about the ALP Components & Expectations here.

Application Process:

Applications are submitted through each participating region/board. Applicants must provide three work-related references that include their current supervisor. Personnel from each region/board will review applications and make selections based on identified criteria. All applicants will be notified following the selection process.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by personnel from each region/board. The interview panel will make the final selection of successful candidates.

Download Application Form here.

* The deadline for applications for the 2024-25 Cohort H program is April 22, 2024. *

For more information about making application to the ALP, please contact Beth Woodford-Collins at

You may also contact Wanda Fougere, ALP Coordinator, at for more information/questions about the program.