International Journal of Social Policy & Education

ISSN 2689-4998 (print), 2689-5013 (online)

DOI: 10.61494/ijspe

I'm Ready to Lead: A Case Study on The Experiences Gained from A Job-Embedded Principal Residency Program

Dusty L. Palmer, Ed.D.; Irma L. Almager, Ph.D.; Fernando Valle, Ed.D.; Cathy Gabro, Ed.D. & Vanessa de Leon, Ed.D.


This qualitative single case study examines the experiences gained from a job embedded principal preparation residency program. The job-embedded principal internship is a rich, authentic learning experience with a just-intime curriculum, including hands-on instructional coaching opportunities throughout the 15-month residency program. The study's purpose was to reflect on ways to improve principal preparation programs to impact school outcomes, including building human capital in their school districts. The study's significance will contribute to the refinement of current principal preparation programs and suggest today’s assistant principal's roles and responsibilities impact student outcomes and build human capital within a school district.