Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate
Teacher Leadership Strategies at the School Site Level
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The Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate 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 9 months (see Course of Study section below) 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).
Additionally, all credits earned in this certificate program will count towards a potential future Educational Leadership Master of Arts (M.A.), Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) or Principal Licensure from UNC should you choose to pursue one after the certificate.
This teacher leadership certificate is offered completely online and can be completed in as few as two academic terms. Check the Course of Study section below for upcoming opportunities to start the program.
Course work is completed on your schedule. Some courses will feature recommended sessions each week where the class meets together online. These sessions will not be mandatory, but will enhance the program experience.
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Contact the Academic Program Coordinator
Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate
Academic Program Coordinator
Linda Vogel, Ph.D.
Course of Study
This 16 credit hour certificate can be completed in two terms featuring two 15-week courses and an internship course for you to apply the knowledge gained in the courses to a practical project at your school.
Some courses will feature 1.5 hours of synchronous (meeting at the same time) online sessions per week, which will not be mandatory but will strengthen the program experience. Session scheduling will be collaboratively determined by the students and instructor.
- 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.
Flexible Enrollment Options
The Teacher Leadership 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.
Upcoming Course Terms
- Spring 2014–Summer 2014
- Summer 2015–Fall 2015
- Fall 2016–Spring 2017
Applicants must be a practicing P–12 teacher. Acceptance into this graduate certificate program requires that you hold a bachelor's degree and have a GPA of 3.0 or better in your most recent 60 semester hours of college work. The UNC Graduate School and the ELPS department will evaluate all eligible applicants to determine entry into the certificate program.
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
Tuition and Financial Aid
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.
Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year for this program is $507 per credit hour.
Certificate program students (non-degree seeking) aren't eligible for aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Details about the federal aid program are available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Your program coordinator may be aware of your eligibility for any discipline or campus-based aid if available.
Extended Studies students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
The Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate accepts applications throughout the year, but the upcoming course schedule may impact when you can take your first courses (see the Schedule of Courses section above). You can contact the Academic Program Coordinator to confirm upcoming deadlines and enrollment options.
Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, admission to this program is a two-stage process. Your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.