Post-Master's Advanced Certificate: School District Leader

Working Toward Equitable and High Quality School Districts for All Children and Youth

Prepare for a career as a superintendent, associate superintendent, or other district-level administrator. Collaborations within and across communities, appropriate and effective use of information systems, and a thorough understanding of the legal, financial and political dimensions of schools and school districts are central features of the curriculum. You'll benefit from a supportive learning environment and have regular opportunities to build a leadership portfolio through community-based coursework assignments.

Prior to admission to the program, you must have completed both a master’s degree in education and the requirements for certification in school building leadership (or its equivalent).

What you'll learn

The program builds on the beliefs and knowledge developed in school building leader curriculum by focusing on the ways in which schools and school systems can create equitable and challenging educational organizations.

See the curriculum and requirements for this advanced certificate.  

How you'll learn

Core Seminars and Electives
The curriculum combines content courses with fieldwork and electives. In your core seminars, you'll study School Finance, Budget, and Facilities, School District Leadership, Education Law, Leadership for School Improvement, Politics of Education, Data Driven Decision Making and Leadership Development, Demographic Analysis and School/Community Planning, and pursue additional study relevant to school improvement, teaching and learning, and community engagement and collaboration. Each course examines multiple theoretical perspectives, themes of equity and social justice, a focus on the needs and experiences of low-income urban children and youth, and implications for leadership within and outside of educational settings.

As a student in this program, you will create a portfolio that provides evidence of the competencies you've developed, reflections on field experiences, and your plans for continuous learning. 

Internship Placements 
You'lll be required to complete an internship for this advanced certificate – a great opportunity to apply hands-on learning and put theory to practice. Full-time students have full-time internships of approximately 30 hours per week during the final semester of their programs; part-time students have part-time internships for approximately 15 hours during the final two semesters of their programs. Specific hours are arranged on site with your field supervisor, taking into account your academic responsibilities.

For more information about this advanced certificate, please contact

Noel Anderson
Program Director