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Certificate of Graduate Study in
Teacher Leadership

Program of Study

Reflective Teaching Fieldwork (6 credits)

Formally articulate your personal teaching practices and your role in supporting the practice of others, such as P-12 students, college students and practicing teachers.

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 may require you to complete a related project such as a teaching portfolio, article for publication, National Board Certification documents, Capital District Writing Project activity, or teaching assistant role in a university course.

Focused Study Electives (6 credits)

Design a two-course elective sequence with guidance from your advisor that best supports your particular area of interest. These courses will often align with a subject area, such as literacy, that support your teacher leadership efforts. 

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

Choose a course that matches your primary interests in a specific teacher leadership area (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)
  • Teacher Leadership (Literacy, Teaching, and Learning)
  • Supervisory Leadership (Educational Policy and Leadership)
  • Institute in Education: 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.

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