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Graduate Certificate in
Teacher Leadership


The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership offered through Penn State World Campus provides educators with flexible learning and collaboration through online instruction. The program allows for participation in on-site field experiences embedded in each of the four required courses. Please note that a Level I or Level II Pennsylvania teaching certificate is required for acceptance to the program, as is access to a school setting and a mentor with at least three years of experience in a current educational leadership position.

Course List — Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership

Required Courses
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Teacher Leadership EDLDR 801 This course will provide an overview of major issues in school law. The course will focus primarily on case law, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions as well as relevant state and federal lower court opinions. 3 credits
How Schools Work EDLDR 802 This course focuses on understanding schools as learning organizations and how teacher leadership works in such organizations. 3 credits
Planned Change for School Improvement EDLDR 859 This course focuses on several general models developed for school improvement purposes. 3 credits
Principles of Instructional Leadership


The purpose of this course is to provide aspiring leaders with learning opportunities and activities authentic to school leaders and leadership roles in educational organizations. 3 credits

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