Certificate of Graduate Study in Teacher Leadership

Education policies and practices have led to increased opportunities for teachers to become leaders in their schools and communities, including increased responsibilities such as mentoring and curriculum development. The intent of this interdepartmental Certificate of Graduate Study is to provide a 15-credit program of study that directly assists teacher leaders in areas of reflective practice, professional development, mentoring, curriculum development and/or coaching.

6 credit block – Reflective Teaching Fieldwork

In this 6-credit block, students are engaged in reflective study of their educational practices over an extended period of time (typically one year). The reflective study will ask students to focus on their own practice as well as the learning of their students as individuals, and the diverse contexts in which they all live and work. Students must take a total of 6 credits in this area, either 6 credits of one course or 3 credits from two courses. This fieldwork will include a major product based upon the reflective study (e.g., teaching portfolio, article for publication, National Board Certification documents, Capital District Writing Project activity).

  • EEPL 895 Internship
  • ELTL 695 Supervised Fieldwork
  • ELTL 743 Practitioner and Participatory Action Research
  • ETAP 696 Reflective Practice

3 credit course – Course in Professional Development, Mentoring, or Coaching

Students must take a 3-credit course in the area of professional development, mentoring, or coaching. The options focus on how to teach adults with courses assignments and projects intended to assist teachers in assuming leadership responsibilities.

Select one course from these options:

  • EEPL 619 Supervisory Leadership
  • ELTL 757 Research on Preparing Literacy Teachers
  • ETAP 770 Frameworks for Professional Development
  • EEPL/ELTL/ETAP 687 Institute in Education

6 Credit Block – Area of Focused Study

In this 6-credit block, students will select a pre-approved set of coursework or work with their advisor to develop a two-course sequence that best assists the students in pursuing a particular area of interest. This will often align with a subject area, though it may also be broader such as a teacher leadership in general.

This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Please note: 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 you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.