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The Educational Leadership Program

The goal of the Educational Leadership Program is to prepare teams of highly-trained leaders, united in a powerful global network, who lead and create teacher training programs and excellent educational services for children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities.

Learning from experts at Perkins

Studying to become a leader

Our global impact began in 1920 when Perkins School for the Blind established the first Teacher Training Program, and the ELP continues that tradition of sharing advanced training, educational strategies and real-life experience in 97 countries.

Today, as we celebrate more than 100 years of impact for children, hundreds of ELP graduates are working around the world to ensure that every child with visual impairment and multiple disabilities receives a quality education.

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Key information

What to expect from the Educational Leadership Program.

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Hands-on learning

Program participants attend lectures at Perkins School for the Blind’s campus in Watertown, Massachusetts; observe and teach in our classrooms; and assist students in their residences.

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Comprehensive curriculum

The program curriculum includes academic courses led by Perkins’ experts and other noted professionals in the field, as well as hands-on learning in classrooms and living quarters.

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Global network

ELP graduates go on to become leaders and agents of positive change in their home countries — expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for children with visual impairment wherever they work.



Online and at the Perkins School for the Blind campus in Watertown, Massachusetts.


This immersive education experience lasts for 9 months comprising of 2 months online and 7 months on campus.

Who should apply?

Teachers of students with visual impairments, special education teachers, service providers, administrators, and anyone looking to change the world for children with disabilities.

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Are you a leader?

Graduates of the Perkins Educational Leadership Program are making a difference for children today.

Lisa Jacobs Director, Perkins’ Educational Leadership Program

“The Educational Leadership Program strives to provide international scholars with the theory and strategies they need to create a world that works for children with multiple disabilities and/or deafblindness in their own country. This is a powerful, supportive network that continues long after completion of the program.”

ELP spotlight

Meet graduates and learn the history of the Perkins International Educational Leadership Program.

Class of 2024

This fall, eight dedicated professionals from around the globe are participating in the Perkins International Educational Leadership Program. The members of the Class of 2024 will acquire skills and expertise to work toward the biggest goal of all — a world where all children, including those with disabilities, have access to quality education.

Meet our alumni

Graduates of the Educational Leadership Program achieve amazing things. Together they form a global network of elite educators dedicated to improving the lives of children with visual impairment. Learn more about our ELP alumni by browsing their personal profiles. Search by name, region, specialty or year of graduation.


The history of Perkins School for the Blind’s Educational Leadership Program dates back to the launch of the Teacher Training Program in 1920.

Shark Tank spotlight

Perkins Shark Tank is part of the ELP experience: an opportunity to design an innovative project, work with a mentor to develop a pitch, and present to investors with the power to turn a big dream into a big change for children. 

Stories from the program

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Impact India

Training the trainer

Perkins-trained teachers return home and train peers, giving even more children access to education.

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Impact Kenya

Changing minds

Teacher training at Perkins changes the outlook of teachers, their peers and school administration.

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Impact China

Identify and support

Seeing Is Believing trains medical professionals and teachers, providing children with vision impairment access to education.

Ready to lead?

Graduates of the Perkins International Educational Leadership Program are making a difference for children today.