Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate

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Educational leadership certificate information.

Program Benefits

  • Study full-time or part-time in Queensbury.
  • Convenient hours: Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening so you may continue working as a substitute or full-time teacher.
  • 50% of instruction is online.
  • Learn from experienced faculty.
  • Be eligible for a promotion in your school district.
  • Apply the credits from this program to the C.A.S. in Education Leadership.

Gain the 21st century knowledge and skills necessary to work with school administrators and lead instructional improvement in schools across New York State and the nation.

Note: This advanced certificate program does not lead to teacher certification.

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership (12 cr.)

The teacher leadership graduate certificate program meets New York State Education Department’s guidelines for educational leaders, Model Teacher Leader Standards, Interstate Standards of the School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), Teacher Education Accreditation Council Standards (TEAC), and the International Society for Technology in Education Standards (ISTE).

Cornerstone Projects

Three job-embedded cornerstone projects that are linked to required coursework: assessment of teaching and learning using student assessment data; annual professional performance review project; and professional development curriculum project.

The projects are directly linked to your coursework. The first project, assessment of teaching and learning using student assessment data, is linked to EDA5020 — Student Assessment. The second project, professional development curriculum project, is linked to EDA5030 — Curriculum. The third project, annual professional performance review project, is linked to EDA5050 — Organizations and Change.

Learn from Experienced Mentors

Students are enrolled as members of a cohort. Each student has a mentor — an experienced school administrator and practitioner who signs a contract agreeing to the requirements which comprise the program. Students are expected to maintain a log of experiences during the program, documenting ability in the required competencies.

Transfer Credits to the Education Leadership Program

If you would like to pursue the C.A.S. in Education Leadership, which would qualify you for School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) certifications, you may apply to the education leadership program during your last semester of study. The 12 credit hours in the teacher leadership program can be transferred into the education leadership program as long as all conditions are met.

Admission Requirements

The teacher leadership graduate certificate program at our branch campus has rolling admissions and accepts applications at any time for spring, summer, or fall matriculation. It is advisable to submit a completed application at least 6 weeks prior to the semester you wish to start the program.

The following admission requirements apply to the program:

  • Completed four-page Graduate Study Application Form (teacher education version) with required supporting materials: resume, statement of purpose (demonstrating strong literacy skills and potential for success), and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  • Completion of a master’s degree (30 credit minimum) from an accredited university;
  • A copy of your NYS permanent or professional teaching certificate;
  • Nine credit hours of introductory coursework in research methods, lesson design, and assessment.
  • Three (3) letters of reference indicating the applicant’s ability to pursue a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership. At least one of the letters should be from a college faculty member and one from a school administrator; and
  • Availability of program openings.

Program Requirements

Please note: Students enrolled in this graduate certificate program are not eligible to receive federal aid.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For information about educational leadership at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Michael Johnson

Office: J. Buckley Bryan, Jr., Regional Higher Education Center
SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury
640 Bay Road-Suite 2
Queensbury, NY 12804
Phone: (518) 312-6057
Email: michael.johnson@plattsburgh.edu