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.
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.
A scholarship for this certificate and a selective group of other certificates is available. This scholarship was created in honor of an employee and lifelong learner here at the University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education, Marcia Sue Rathfon.
On her behalf, we are offering scholarships to those individuals seeking to continue their education in the areas of P-12 education and business while encouraging the concept that learning never stops.
To apply, please complete the following application.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.
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.
You have five years to complete the certificate.
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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.
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