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IPLA: Iowa Principal Leadership Academy


The Iowa Principal Leadership Academy (IPLA) provides a comprehensive framework for PK-12 principal certification in the state of Iowa and is licensed in other states on an individual basis.  Requirement to enter the program is a master’s degree and a minimum of four years successful teaching.

The program is a dynamic design based on six problem-centered learning themes, predominantly field-based, related to the Iowa Standards for School Leaders. Each theme includes seminars, action research studies, action plans, portfolios, log of activities, toolbox activities, study of theory and research, and mentoring. Students engage in cohort groups over a two-year period.  Faculty of the program is selected primarily from practitioners with expertise in the selected areas. Participants show evidence to meet the standards and criteria of the Iowa Standards for School Leaders and acquire necessary skills to become instructional leaders. The School Administrators of Iowa, Northwest Area Education Agency, and Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency and Keystone AEA are the partners of the IPLA.


If there is ample interest, we anticipate a new cohort beginning in Spring 2023. 

For questions, please contact Tesha Ruley.


Tesha Ruley
Director of Educational Services / Associate Administrator
Keystone AEA
1400 Second Street NW
Elkader, IA 52043
Ph: 800-632-5918
Fax: 563-245-1484