The Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership prepares teachers to improve their knowledge and skills in the area of leadership in the movement to improve public education. As responsibilities associated with their roles expand, teachers are increasingly called upon to exercise greater influence in schools. Teacher empowerment and distributed leadership are key concepts addressed in this program.
The program objectives are to:
- Equip teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to function successfully as leaders in their schools
- Provide experiences that prepare teachers to improve instruction through collaboration with other professional colleagues
- Develop knowledge and skills needed for effective team leadership
- Familiarize teachers with critical issues and practices related to improved teaching and learning
- Enable teachers to become contributing members of learning communities
Requirements (15 credits)
851.648 Team Leadership
This course is designed for school leaders, including administrators, supervisors, and teachers, who want to improve their knowledge and ability to facilitate change in the classroom, school, or district. The course is based on the premise that educational leaders devote considerable time working in group situations. The course is based on research and theory in education and other fields related to individual, group, intergroup, and organizational development. Opportunities are provided for participants to explore and practice various strategies with special emphasis on how these relate to change in educational settings.
883.506 Alternative Methods for Measuring Performance
Participants explore practical classroom assessment methods that promote and measure learning. The course concentrates on performance-based assessments, including performance tasks, portfolios, and scoring rubrics. Students plan and develop performance-based assessments which require the thoughtful application of knowledge and skills in authentic contexts.
851.610 Mentoring and Peer Coaching
Students review literature and acquire knowledge and skills needed for mentoring beginning teachers and working collaboratively with veteran colleagues on improving instruction. Theories concerning the social and psychological aspects of teacher career development are studied, along with the impact of school climate and culture on teacher collegiality.
851.630 School, Family, and Community Collaboration for School Improvement I
Participants examine the theory, research, and best practices on school, family, and community partnerships. Individuals explore different types of partnerships, challenges to developing school-based partnership programs, and the components of effective partnership programs that enhance student performance and success. Participants design an action plan for partnerships to address school improvement goals.
855.610 Seminar in Teacher Leadership
Students in the final year present and evaluate their projects and plans for implementing change in their work environments. In addition, participants examine selected topics and current issues in educational leadership.
The information below includes program-related disclosures provided pursuant to federal regulations issued by the United States Department of Education on October 29, 2010, required for title IV eligible certificate programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
1. CIP Code: 13.0499 Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
2. Credential Level: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
3. Program Length
a. Credits: 15
b. Weeks: 45
4. Occupations, by name and SOC Code, for which the program prepares
students, including links to O*NET occupational profiles:
a. Tuition & Fees: $10,155
b. Books & Supplies (if not included in tuition/fees): $750
c. Room & Board (if applicable): Not Applicable
6. On-time Completion Rate (2011-12)*: Not Applicable
7. Job Placement Rate: Not Applicable
8. Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion (2011-12)*: Not Applicable
a. Title IV debt: Not Applicable
b. Private Educational Loan debt: Not Applicable
c. Institutional Financing debt: Not Applicable
*Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2011-12 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the On-time Completion Rate and Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion data are not published.