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The purpose of this certificate is to prepare educators as teacher leaders in school settings. Graduates of this program will have training in how to mentor and coach teacher candidates, novice, and experienced teachers; operate as curriculum leaders at the school and division level; provide effective professional development and participate/lead professional learning communities; empower stakeholders and advocate for/participate in educational improvement.
For both degree program and non-degree graduate-level students.
Courses taught asynchronously online in a cohort model.
A relevant curriculum taught by PhD prepared faculty with classroom experience.
Develop knowledge and skills of teacher leadership that can be immediately translated to school environments.
This course prepares elementary and secondary teachers to become facilitators of change in schools and communities. They will explore various leader roles in the K-12 context, including exemplary and critically minded practitioner, curriculum decision-maker, researcher, advocate, and facilitator of job-embedded professional development
Students entering the Certificate program in Teacher Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Complete an application as a non-degree graduate student for the graduate certificate in teacher leadership. Applications are due by March 1st with decisions made by April 15th each year.
Before completing an application for the Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership, you are encourage to meet with the program coordinator to discuss application and enrollment guidelines. If you are a current
School divisions interested in creating a standalone asynchronous cohort for their teachers or in an alternative format (hybrid, face-to-face, site-based) are encouraged to contact the program coordinator to discuss programming options.
To be admitted in the program, you must:
Submit a completed online application and pay an application fee
Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university
Hold a valid Virginia professional teaching license or an equivalent from another state
Have successfully completed three years of teaching in private or public school
Submit official copies of all transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework and degrees to Graduate Admissions
Submit a letter of recommendation from a school or division administrator noting support for enrollment in the certificate program
Submit a written essay (approximately 500 words) describing their interest in teacher leadership and their recent experiences as a teacher leader
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
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