Program Summary

Develop the professional knowledge, skills, and competencies required of candidates for Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Leaders Endorsement. Continue teaching in the classroom while you pursue additional roles such as lead teacher, mentor teacher, or department head.

How To Apply
Apply by November 1 to start January 19

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

12 Credits $924 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership

This 12-credit certificate includes Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)–approved course work leading to Teacher Leaders Endorsement. Your course work will help you develop the professional knowledge, skills, and competencies required of candidates for the endorsement. This important credential verifies a teacher’s ability to enhance school culture, impact planned change for school improvement, influence instructional effectiveness, and lead peer educators in professional development. 

Expand Your Career Opportunities Without Leaving the Classroom

If you are a K–12 teacher looking to advance in your school or district, you can benefit greatly from this program. This unique online program allows you to continue teaching in the classroom while you cultivate the skills and knowledge that can prepare you for additional roles such as lead teacher, mentor teacher, or department head. The four required courses incorporate field experience through a mentorship within a school setting allowing you to engage in authentic leadership experiences throughout the duration of the program. Mentors are selected by the students and approved through your Penn State academic adviser. 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. 

Why Educational Leadership Online at Penn State?

Earn a respected credential from a university with more than 20 years of experience in online learning and 100+ years of distance education experience. Our College of Education is regularly ranked among the nation's best graduate schools, according to U.S. News & World Report, and your certificate courses are taught by the same nationally recognized instructors who teach on campus. They include a mix of research faculty, experienced practitioners, and sitting building/district leaders.

Choose the Degree Path That Works for You

You can earn this certificate as a stand-alone credential or you can apply the 12 credits you earn toward a Master of Education in Educational Leadership if you decide to continue your learning and gain acceptance to that program. You can also start in the master’s program and earn your certificate along the way to degree completion. If you are interested in following that degree path, please visit the Master of Education in Educational Leadership How to Apply page.

Note: This program is under review for GI Bill® eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at