Teacher Leadership Certificate

3 Courses
9 Units
Online Self-Paced
21 Weeks

Prepare Yourself for a Leadership Role as a Teacher Leader

The University of San Diego’s Teacher Leadership Certificate program is designed to empower teachers to become effective leaders in their current and future schools and/or districts. The curriculum focuses on developing leadership skills to contribute to teacher/student/school success.  This three-course certificate program provides participants with skills, tools, and strategies to prepare for the transition to the role of teacher leader, and possibly building experiences for a future career as an administrator, or for existing teacher leaders and administrators that want to hone their leadership skills to bring to their current positions.

The Teacher Leadership Certificate is offered and facilitated by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education and offered completely online in our self-paced format allowing for convenience and flexibility.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Teacher Leadership. The certificate can be completed in less than 6 months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

Schedule & Fees

Required Courses – Take courses one at a time in order

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Discovering Your Leadership Potential [EDU-X782R] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $550
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$550
Online Self-Paced
Alicia Johal

Online 3-unit professional development course for educators looking to take on a greater leadership role within their school or district, as a Teacher Leader, or to hone their leadership skills for success in their current Teacher Leader role.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Leadership in Action [EDU-X783R] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $550
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$550
Online Self-Paced
Tiffani Brown

Online 3-unit professional development course for educators looking to take on a greater leadership role within their school or district, as a Teacher Leader, or looking to hone their leadership skills for success in their current role as Teacher Leader.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Reflecting and Partnering as a Leader [EDU-X784R] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $550
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$550
Online Self-Paced
Tiffani Brown

Online 3-unit professional development course for educators looking to take on a greater leadership role within their school or district, as a Teacher Leader, or for a Teacher Leader looking to hone their leadership skills for success in their role.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

$45
$1,695

Learning Method Information

Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into three or seven learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Curriculum

Enroll in this certificate program, by registering for the first course, EDU-X782R.  The certificate fee ($45) is automatically added to this first course. This certificate program has three courses where the content of each progressively builds upon the next.  You will take each course one after the other, in order.  Earn graduate level extension credit in semester hours.

Topics Covered in the Teacher Leadership Certificate Program  

What You Will Learn

Who Should Attend

This certificate program is for those that are interested in Teacher Leadership.  This includes:

The courses in this certificate program receive graduate level extension credits from the University of San Diego.  These credits are designed for professional growth and salary advancement (if applicable) and are currently not accepted toward a degree or credential program at the University of San Diego.

Benefits of the Teacher Leader Certificate Program

Instructors

Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the education field are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, schools are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

Industry Insights

10 %

Job growth

$57,220

Median salary


Career Opportunities

High School Teachers
Middle School Teachers
Elementary School Teachers

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for completing a certificate program?

Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a master degree program?

Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

Why USD?

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