A Graduate Certificate for Teacher Leadership Strategies at the School Site Level
The Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate program is a 16-credit graduate program for those who wish to be leaders at the site level. This online teacher leadership certificate can be completed in just two academic terms (see the Application Info page for details) and is designed for working teachers.
The program supports teachers' efforts to improve teaching and learning in schools. You will broaden your perspectives of leadership and how it functions within a school setting.
Certificate Students Will...
- Develop best practices in teaching and learning activities.
- Attain leadership strategies and capacities to engage in collaborative leadership with peers, administrators and the community.
- Provide significant contributions to continuous school improvement efforts.
- Develop the skill set to be a successful peer mentor and instructional coach.
- Prepare for leadership roles in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).
Teacher Leadership and Progress For a Future Degree Program
Enhance your leadership skills and prepare for future career advancement with this certificate from the premier university for educator preparation in Colorado. Participants in the certificate program are practicing teachers (P-12) who are interested in site-based leadership activities, including Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs).
Additionally, all credits earned in this certificate program will count toward a potential future Educational Leadership Master of Arts (MA), Educational Specialist (EdS) or Principal Licensure from UNC should you choose to pursue one after the certificate.
Time to Completion:
Varies - see the Application Info page
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online program: start any term
A 100% Online Certificate
This 16 credit hour certificate consists of four 15-week courses and internship coursework that lets you apply the knowledge gained in the courses to a practical project at your school.
Online Meetings (Synchronous Learning Sessions)
Each course will include synchronous learning sessions where the professor and students meet online at the same time. These sessions are tentatively planned for most Tuesdays and occasional Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. MT. Students will have input on session scheduling.
Required Courses (16 Credit Hours)
- ELPS 601 Leadership Development through Inquiry (3)
- ELPS 603 Shaping Organizations: Management and Leadership in Education (3)
- ELPS 604 Understanding People: Professional Development and Educational Leadership (3)
- ELPS 654 Instructional Leadership and Supervision (3)
- ELPS 606 Internship in Educational Leadership (4) – You will sign up for 4 total hours of ELPS 606; 1 or 2 hours per term depending on your content course enrollment.
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
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