Applying to this Teacher Leadership Program


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The Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate is offered in two-term cycles. All required courses are offered in two consecutive terms, then there are two terms without TLC coursework. Choose the enrollment that fits your needs:

  • Accelerated/Standard Enrollment: Enroll for two content courses and two credits of ELPS 606 (the internship course) for two consecutive terms. Each term, you will take two courses plus a two-credit Internship that is tied to both courses for that term.
  • Take Your Time Enrollment: Enroll for one content course and one credit of ELPS 606 (the internship course) each term that courses are offered. You will end up enrolling in four terms (with two terms off at some point in between) and complete the program in about 2 calendar years. Be sure to work closely with the Program Coordinator on which classes you need to take your first two terms so that you can complete during the later two terms.
  • Flexible Enrollment: If you have missed the first term of classes or want to do a heavier load for certain terms and a lighter load others, simply work with the Program Coordinator about application deadlines and an enrollment plan that works for you based on the course schedule.

To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page.

Recommended Application Deadlines

We recommend that you apply at least 60 days before the start of your first term. Approximate recommended deadlines:

  • Summer term: March 15
  • Fall term: June 15
  • Spring term: November 15

Students can generally still apply after these dates, but if the date has passed please contact the Program Coordinator to determine whether you should still apply for and/or begin classes in the upcoming term.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in this UNC graduate program! You will complete the UNC Graduate School application and then submit additional materials. Please review the Eligibility section of the Program Summary page prior to application.

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Step 1 – Apply

  • Apply to the UNC Graduate School. You will start a "UNC Graduate School Application." The following bullets will support you as you complete the application and material submission process.
  • On the application, choose the following program:

    • Graduate Certificate (Non-Degree): Teacher Leadership (Extended Campus)

  • Request 3 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply contact information for your recommenders in the application.

  • International applicants: please visit the International Students Admission Requirements page for information about additional requirements.

  • If you are unable to complete your application in one session, you can log back in to your application later to complete it. The application fee process will appear once you submit your application.

Step 2 – Submit Transcripts & Supplemental Items

You will then continue in the system (or log into the Admissions Portal) to complete the following:

  • All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent to UNC are listed in the Application Portal.

  • A copy of all K-12 related license(s).

  • Current vita or resume which documents professional experiences in education

  • Detailed statement which describes your demonstrated commitment to education; contributions to professional education; personal, professional, and academic goals; and rationale for pursuing the certificate.

  • You will complete a Background Information Sheet.

  • The application portal will also show you which of your recommendations have been completed.

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

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