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Certificate of Graduate Study

Teacher Leadership

Program of Study

Reflective Teaching Fieldwork (6 credits)

Formally assess and articulate your personal teaching practices and capture your observations of individual student learning with guidance from a mentor over an extended period of time (typically one year).

Choose one or two of the following courses:

  • Reflective Practice (Educational Theory and Practice)
  • Supervised Fieldwork (Literacy, Teaching, and Learning)
  • Researching Classroom Literacy (Literacy, Teaching, and Learning)
  • Graduate Internship (Educational Policy and Leadership)

This component of the certificate program also requires you to complete a related project such as a teaching portfolio, article for publication, National Board Certification documents, Capital District Writing Project activity.

Focused Study Electives (6 credits)

Design a two-course elective sequence with guidance from your advisor. Electives are flexible; you can take classes that focus on a specific topic related to teacher leadership or classes that deepen your knowledge of teacher leadership in general.

Course in Professional Development, Mentoring, or Coaching (3 credits)

Learn about taking leadering responsibilities in specific areas (e.g., professional learning, coaching) for the school where you teach or in other organizational or community education settings.

Choose one of the following courses:

  • Frameworks for Professional Development Educational Theory and Practice)
  • Research on Preparing Literacy Teachers (Literacy, Teaching, and Learning)
  • Supervisory Leadership (Educational Policy and Leadership)
  • Institute in Educational Theory and Practice: Special Topics on various education areas

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, call 518-442-5100 or email [email protected].

Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
    Two academic and one teaching preferred 
  • Departmental Questionnaire
  • Master's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Special Notes

This program is not available to international applicants.

This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.   

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529