Reach FAQ

CTC Accreditation | WASC Candidacy Status | Public Nonprofit Institution

The Reach Institute for School Leadership is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. You may view the current list of approved programs HERE.

Regional Accreditation: The Reach Institute for School Leadership has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of five years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Accreditation. Candidacy is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation. WASC granted Reach Candidacy status at their commission meeting that took place June 17th-20th, 2015.

What is the Reach cohort model?

The Reach Institute uses the cohort model for our Intern Program and our Instructional Leadership Academy. The cohort model means that you will join a group of students and will complete the course sequence with the same group of students. With the support of peers in your cohort and with your Reach faculty member, you will work to integrate new knowledge and skills into your developing teaching/leadership practice.

Campus Details

By design, most Reach programs and learning opportunities take place on site at partner schools. The majority of seminars, field coaching, and practicum projects occur at candidates’ schools or in neighborhood schools. Reach maintains Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with each of its partner schools, in which partner schools commit to providing Reach candidates with computer access, wireless internet access and group workspaces.

To provide additional support for candidate learning, Reach offers physical facilities, resources and access to equipment for use by candidates in each of its programs and locations.

Reach Institute for School Leadership maintains one central office located in Oakland, CA. This office space contains a small library, meeting space, and work space. All candidates can access the books that are part of the library.

The central Reach office space also includes the ability to lease additional meeting, conference, or event space as may be necessary for the program. The Reach office allows candidates access to a printer, scanner, and copier.

Finally, Reach candidates are able to use virtual environments in order to collaborate, reflect and learn. Reach uses multiple platforms to facilitate different types of engagement including  learning management platforms such as Canvas and other access to electronic resources such as EBSCO.

Reach Partner Schools

If I want to get my credential with Reach, do I have to be employed by one of your partner schools before I can enroll? Yes, the Reach Programs are exclusively for our partner schools. Employment from a partner school is required prior to being enrolled in Reach.

What if I don’t work at a Reach partner school? In some cases, Reach has been able to initiate new partnerships as the result of interest from candidate teachers. If you have a preliminary job offer from a school (especially, but not exclusively, from a charter school) and would like Reach to discuss with your school the prospect of becoming a Reach partner school, please send your inquiry to
Does Reach offer job placement services? No, Reach does not offer job placement, although Reach does send out a jobs newsletter to the Reach community. You can sign up for the newsletter by emailing Reach also posts open positions from our partner schools on our Facebook page.

Here is a list of the Reach partner schools along with the links to their career pages. Please contact these schools directly if you have specific questions regarding any of the job

Financial Aid

At this time the candidates of the Reach Institute for School Leadership are not able to receive federal financial aid. The Reach Institute for School Leadership is in the process for applying for eligibility to be able to offer financial aid for our graduate students. We anticipate that the financial aid would primarily consist of unsubsidized federal direct loans. The Reach Institute for School Leadership will provide more information about financial aid as it becomes available.

Transfer Credit Policy

Please email your request to

Early Completion Option

Course work in Reach is taught in a structured sequence across all of our program offerings. The Intern and Induction Program do offer the ability to complete the respective credential programs in adjusted timelines. Detailed information about these Early Completion Options can be found in the attached PDF below. 

Download the Reach Intern Program: Early Completion Option (PDF)