TASSP/TASC Student Leadership Course

Student Leadership Course Academy Information »

The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and the Texas Association of Student Councils sponsor the TEA approved course, STUDENT LEADERSHIP. Developed originally in 1996, and revised most recently in 2019, this course curriculum is available for purchase and implementation in secondary schools. TASSP/TASC serve as the sponsoring organization with TEA and the course may be offered in Texas High Schools for state elective credit (1/2 to 1 credit). Schools or school districts must purchase the curriculum through TASSP/TASC and complete the TASSP/TASC Participant Agreement to offer this course as state credit. The curriculum may be purchased as a supplemental resource for other classes or educational purposes. Licensing to offer the course for state credit is provided per individual campus (school).


The revised curriculum includes in each chapter: course TEKS, activities to teach key concepts, and web-based resources. The curriculum is provided via a PDF of the teacher guide. Web-based resources to accompany the course are provided as well. The fee to purchase the course materials and offer the course for state credit is $150. The license is provided on an individual school basis.

TASC is in the process of developing a student workbook to accompany the class.

TASC also offers a Curriculum Supplement to accompany the TEKS which consists of 100 pages of leadership lessons written by leadership teachers. This may be purchased for $30 from the TASC Store. It is item 70.

Out of state inquiries regarding curriculum only: Email Terry Hamm for pricing that does not include course approval from TEA.

To purchase the teacher guide/curriculum and receive TEA permission to offer the class for state credit, submit this form:
Online form: Course Enrollment Agreement/Curriculum Order Form Licensing is offered on an individual campus basis.

If you have previously purchased a curriculum, you may purchase the updated guide for $50. Submit this form: Course Enrollment Agreement/Curriculum Order Form

Members will need to log in to complete the online form.  Non-members must create a profile.

Please note that TASC offers a student workbook to accompany the course as well as a new Curriculum Supplement with lessons to meet every section of the TEKS for the course. See the TASC store for order forms. The Curriculum Supplement is item 70.

A strong student council advisor is best equipped to teach this course.

Student Leadership: N1290010 | STUDEAD | 1 credit | Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, (TASSP), www.tassp.org | 2019-2022

Approval as noted in the minutes of the SBOE Meeting from 4/11/14

7. Proposed Approval of Innovative Courses 
(Board agenda page II-39)  [Official agenda item #13] 
MOTION AND VOTE: It was moved by Mrs. Miller, seconded by Dr. Dominguez, and carried unanimously to recommend that the State Board of Education approved for a period of five years the renewal of the following four innovative courses that do not fall within any of the subject areas of the foundation or enrichment curriculum: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) I-IV, Reconnecting Youth, Student Leadership, and Teen Leadership. The State Board of Education approved this class for state credit for five years April 11, 2014.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides opportunities to study, practice and develop group and individual leadership and organizational skills. These skills include decision-making skills, problem-solving techniques, communication skills, leadership roles, human relation skills and understanding the need for civic responsibility. Students enrolled in the course will apply these skills in dealing with peers, school administration and the community. The teacher's manual demonstrates a hands-on, active learning approach to leadership. This course is available to all high school students. The course can be customized to meet the needs of a Student Council but is also adaptable to a broader student population.

The topics or chapters included in the teacher's manual are:

1. The Structure of Leadership
2. Organization and Management Skills
3. Responsible Citizenship
4. Goal Setting and Evaluation
5. Group Interaction
6. Communication

Curriculum Guide Table of Contents »

Sample pages from Curriculum Guide »

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