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Explore Our Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership

Make a greater difference in your classroom, your organization, and your community. Through the Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership program, you can discover and develop your strengths in areas such as teacher mentorship, coaching, and distributed leadership.

Learn how to apply leadership concepts to key educational challenges, such as increasing student achievement levels and fostering parent involvement. Build your skills as a teacher-leader to better encourage and mentor colleagues and explore how to collaboratively implement effective teaching models, strategies, and practices. Use the latest research to guide your decisions and help you lead with greater confidence.

If getting to the next level is part of your plan, Walden is committed to helping you earn credit for your foundational knowledge. Find out how you can apply up to 12 credits earned from this certificate program toward Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Teacher Leadership.

CAEP Accredited logoCouncil for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)Our Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership is part of a full suite of programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)–accredited institution.

""After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.

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Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 12 semester credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Teacher Leadership.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits
EDUC 6647

Dynamic Teacher Leadership

Education professionals are introduced to the concept of teacher leadership and its value in the field of education today in this course. They engage in personal assessment and analysis so that they may cultivate the dispositions and attitudes of a teacher leader for the purpose of effecting positive change in their learning communities. They also learn the critical importance of expanding their knowledge of educational research and theory to guide leadership decisions that effectively address today's educational challenges. Education professionals complete coursework that emphasizes self-examination and self-perceptions with regard to teacher leadership.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6651

Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement

The focus of teacher leadership expands from self to students, increasing the sphere of influence of the teacher leader to the classroom context in this course. Education professionals concentrate on advancing their expertise in the field of teaching by increasing their knowledge and skills in three key areas: knowledge of learners and learning; knowledge of subject matter and curriculum goals; and knowledge of effective teaching models, strategies, and practices. They learn to apply this expertise in the classroom in ways that directly affect the learning and achievement of their students.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6655

Teacher Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration With Colleagues

Education professionals address teacher leadership in the context of advancing the expertise and leadership of peers, thereby expanding education professionals' spheres of influence beyond the walls of the classroom. They explore mentoring and coaching models designed to promote the professional growth of their colleagues. They learn and apply skills for mentoring novice teachers and for engaging in coaching relationships with peers at all stages of the teacher development cycle. Through conceptual and application-based activities, education professionals address various forms of collaboration with colleagues, focusing on interpersonal and communication skills.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6659

Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities

The sphere of influence for education professionals is extended from working with peers to engaging with stakeholders throughout the greater school community in this course. Education professionals learn the processes, benefits, and challenges of building and working in learning communities to identify issues and solve problems that affect student learning and achievement. They consider professional growth and development as an integral part of various types of school improvement processes. Additionally, they engage in a variety of practical assignments, such as an analysis of their own school's development of mission, vision, values, goals, and communication elements as a professional learning community.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 12 semester credit hours $580 per semester hour $6,960
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $420


  $7,380*

*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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