Course Description

Be A Changemaker. Move From Teacher to Teacher Leader---A Fully Online Course

This course is scheduled to be revised and currently not available for enrollment.  Check back in January 2022.  Contact Program Coordinator at continuinged@sandiego.edu with any questions, adding "Teacher Leader Certificate" to the subject line.

You are considering doing an administrative credential and are excited about the possibility of a pay scale increase—Great! Then what? This course will give you an introduction to topics an administrative credential program would cover. You will examine the requirements of the California Preliminary Administrative Credential Exam (CPACE) and develop your own plan for professional development. You will build core competencies that educational leaders apply every day: communication, prioritization, and decision-making, as well as an understanding of available resources and legal constraints. You will apply these skills to common issues of student discipline, instructional leadership, and the process of developing and communicating a shared vision for school improvement.  This course is applicable toward the Teacher Leader Certificate (a total of five courses).

Learner Outcomes

  • Think like a teacher leader AND administrator
  • Approach program data analysis and classroom observations through the lens of student learning
  • Build from your personal teaching expertise to champion student learning across disciplines and grade levels

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education to K-12 teachers interested in becoming a teacher leader at their school or district, or eventually pursuing an administrative credential, and any educator in the state of California looking for CPACE exam preparation.

Course Materials: Text, California School Law, 3rd edition, by Frank Kemerer and Peter Sansom. This book is available at your local bookstore, online at Amazon.com, or online from Stanford University Press. Note: the eBook does not include page numbers consistent with the course materials and other resources, so it is not recommended for long-term use. However, if you need immediate access to the materials, order the book from Stanford University Press and view the eBook until your copy arrives. 

Notice to non-California students: The program attracts students from all over the country, and sometimes from other countries, because leadership issues and protocol many times are common across the board.  The course uses the California laws because a) they are comprehensive and b) the students in the class can all have the same discussion. Students from outside of California will usually bring in their local laws into the discussion and c) the California law is a good baseline to begin thinking in terms of the law and the way an administrator needs to think.

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"Completing the Teacher Leader Certificate has been an important part of my professional journey. After completing the certificate, I took the CPACE exam and passed on the first try. I felt very prepared for the exam and found the course content to be well aligned with the exam content." -- Angela Sorrem, Deaf Education Specialist, San Diego County Office of Education
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