The Trinity Tomorrow’s Leaders Program (TTLP), which leads to a Master of Education in School Leadership and a State of Texas Principal certificate, prepares a select cohort of educators to take on the challenges of urban school leadership in the greater San Antonio community. Preparing students to be transformational and social justice leaders, the TTLP engages and challenges students to apply instructional leadership, community-building and policy advocacy skills to their local schools and communities throughout their coursework.

In addition, the program provides students with opportunities to interact with and learn from national speakers via the Center for Educational Leadership, to receive individualized leadership coaching from our experienced cohort of coaches, and to participate in other networking, professional development and research events throughout the 14-month program. Innovative and intensive, the Trinity Tomorrow’s Leadership Program seeks to place graduates in roles that will help local school districts serve youth and families equitably and with excellence.

Why Trinity? 
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  • Transformational and Equity-Focused Leadership Preparation​​​​​​ - Curriculum and events challenge and prepare students to apply their practice to the social-political-community contexts of San Antonio and South Texas schools 
  • Accredited by the Texas Education Agency - Earn a State of Texas Principal certificate and AEL/T-TESS training
  • Private School Experience at a Public School Price - $15,000 tuition and fees, completed in 14 months
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  • Individualized Leadership Coaching - Weekly coaching sessions provided by our experienced, career and leadership coaches
  • Experiential Learning and Applied Fieldwork  - Opportunities to engage with programming and scholars sponsored by the Center for Educational Leadership 
  • Extensive and intensive internship
  • Free certification tutoring
  • Learn about the effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce in this state

What You'll Study

A Framework of Excellence and High Expectations


Blending Scholarship and Practice in Education

Our faculty lead students through meaningful coursework facilitated by top scholars and practitioners in education locally and nationally. Professors provide leadership coaching weekly to maximize the learning experience.

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Enrique Alemán, Jr, Ph.D.
Lillian Radford Endowed Professor of Education & Director of the Center for Educational Leadership
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Laura Allen, Ph.D.
Ellen Barnett
Ellen Barnett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Courtney Crim
Courtney Crim, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Heather Smith
Heather Haynes Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Evangeline Aguilera, Ed.D.
Educational Leadership Coordinator 

Frank E. Alfaro, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services
Alamo Heights ISD

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Gary Bates, Ed.D.
Fort Sam Houston ISD

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Jeff Goldhorn, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Region 20 Education Service Center

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Tonya Hyde, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Lackland ISD

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Lisa Knecht, Ph.D.
Educational Research Associate

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Kelly Kovacs
Chief Academic Officer
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD 

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Richard Middleton, Ph.D.
Former Superintendent
North East ISD

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Burnie Roper, Ed.D.
Lackland ISD 

Juan Sepulveda

Juan Sepulveda
President's Special Advisor for Inclusive Excellence

Leadership Coaches

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Rickie Baker
School Leadership Coach

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Wilbert Morgan
School Leadership Coach

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Pita Canales
School Leadership Coach

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Teresa Neuman
School Leadership Coach

Student Opportunities

Experience makes the best leaders


Ewing Halsell
Trinity's Tomorrow’s Leaders Principal program has been supported by a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Ewing Halsell Foundation, 

Additional scholarship funding from H-E-B and Texas Education Agency are available to students. As a result, accepted candidates receive a fellowship provided through this generous philanthropic support, making the program an affordable pathway to becoming a transformational school leader.

Research Opportunities

Students interested in pursuing a future Ph.D may conduct independent research with faculty and/or participate in research through the Center for Educational Leadership.


Center for Educational Leadership

Cohort Fellows are also supported as new school leaders through Trinity's Center for Educational Leadership, which will provide regular cohort-based convenings, national speakers on critical education issues, as well as targeted learning seminars for continued leadership development.



Center for Educational Leadership Distinguished Speaker Series
The program holds cohort-based convenings and hosts national speakers on critical education issues, as well as targeted learning seminars for continued leadership development.

Fall and Spring Educational Leadership Networking Receptions
Connect with alumni and school partners, along with philanthropic partners

When You Graduate

Creating high-performance leaders

Armed with real-world classroom and administrative experience, graduates leave Trinity ready to better the schools they lead.


Trinity prepares high performing school leaders, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for leadership within the challenging and changing context of education.

Career Areas:

  • School Principal
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Headmaster
  • Non-Profit Leadership

Teaching Districts:

Our graduates are the preferred students to be hired in school districts.

  • San Antonio Independent School District
  • Northside Independent School District
  • Northeast  Independent School District

Take the next step

Have more questions or want more information? Learn more about becoming a Tiger, and how you can accelerate what’s next for your education.