Discovering Your Leadership Potential

Course Available
3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Understand Your Leadership Purpose and Begin Your Journey toward a Teacher Leader Role

This course will explore Theory and Ideology related to leadership in education, including exploring Leadership styles and identifying their strengths.  Additional focus will be placed on how educators can exhibit leadership in their current role.  A greater focus will be placed on developing a peer's skillset and crafting meaningful Professional Development experiences.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for educators seeking additional opportunities for growth and leadership.  Participants may be currently serving in a leadership role, looking to hone their practice, or looking to excel into leadership in the coming years.

Course Materials: Recommended (not required) reading, The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar available at or your local bookstore.

Technical Requirements


This course requires participants to be able to self-advocate to acquire new technology skills such as Google apps, extensions and Digital portfolio tools.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDU-X782R – 004 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $565

Discovering Your Leadership Potential

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Alicia Johal

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.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify your "leadership why" as well as understand how healthy and efficient leadership practices can affect school culture and student outcomes
  • Identify Leadership Opportunities on your campus or within your district
  • Explore entry-level coaching habits and gain an understanding of how to foster collaboration within your teams
  • Explore facets of effective Professional Development opportunities including in-person, asynchronous, small-group, one on one, and hybrid formats
  • Create a Professional Learning opportunity based on an identified need at your campus


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.

Why USD?

The Professional and Continuing Education program nurtures key partnerships on the local, national, and international level. The goal is to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers and help achieve their highest value and potential. Contact us today to learn more.

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Learning Method Information

Courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational.

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. 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 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.

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With hundreds of courses across a range of education-related topics, there’s a strong chance we have the ideal class for you!

Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes with real-world educators are an important part of the USD experience.

Work-Life Balance

Our educator courses offer flexible course formats and class times to help you balance your work, USD studies, and family life.