Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration

Further your leadership abilities in education with the holistic understanding of curriculum design, motivation, support and innovation in instruction gained through a Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the George Washington University (GW).

The certificate is designed for students who hold an earned master’s degree in education and desire to pursue positions in PK-12 leadership. This accelerated 18 credit hour academic program gives you the opportunity to complete the academic requirements in as little as one year and be positioned to apply for administrative endorsement/licensure.

Through coursework and a variety of required activities and internships, students will synthesize and apply their knowledge to build a broader foundation in leadership and management, change, communication, administration, supervision, human relations, resource allocation, and policy and legal issues in diverse learning communities.

This accelerated graduate certificate program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

Students seeking this graduate certificate program may apply for financial aid. Additionally, students who desire to pursue the Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, have the ability to transfer these GW Educational Administration graduate certificate earned credit hours into the Education Specialist (EdS) degree program in Educational Leadership and Administration as defined by GSEHD policies.

Completion of the Educational Leadership post master’s certificate may also prepare qualified candidates for principal or administrator licensure. This program’s courses and internship experiences are designed to meet the academic requirements for administrative certification/licensure for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and other interstate compact agreement partners

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Curriculum

Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration Courses

GW’s Post-master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration consists of 18-credit hours and can be completed in 1 year.

Curriculum (18 credit hours)

This program is offered on multiple campuses and online.

  • EDUC 6232 Supervision of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6234 Foundations of K-12 Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6236 School Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6240 Instructional Leadership for School Improvement (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6246 School Finance and Resource Management for School Leaders (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6287 Internship: Administration (3 credits)

While most students intern at their employing school/district, individual placements are not guaranteed.

Certificate Outcomes

  • The Educational Leadership post master’s certificate utilizes research-based coursework and real-world education leadership projects to help you apply crucial concepts and build your professional leadership and administration portfolio. You will develop specialized skills that promote high-quality student achievement include planning, change management, research analysis and supervisory strategy.

Faculty

Clayton, Jennifer Associate Professor, Educational Administration
Jamison, Kimberly Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Administration
Nganga, Christine Assistant Professor, Education Administration
Sherrill Linkous, Kelly Assistant Professor, Educational Administration
Shirrell, Matthew Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Administration
Tekleselassie, Abe Associate Professor, Educational Administration
Thessin, Rebecca Associate Professor, Educational Administration
Trimmer, Leslie Assistant Professor of Practice, Education Administration

 

Career Outlook

The post-master’s certificate in Educational Leadership & Administration program prepares you to promote high-quality student achievement as a leader in various PK-12 school-based and central office positions. Nationally recognized by CAEP, this program includes courses and required internship experiences designed to meet administrative certification/licensure requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other states that honor interstate compact agreements.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services, elementary, middle and high school principals earned a median $87,760 annual salary in 2012, with jobs in the field expected to grow 6% by 2022. 1 Administrative services managers earned a median $81,080 in 2012, with jobs expected to grow 12% by 2022. 2

Educational Leadership and Administration Career Opportunities

  • Assistant principals
  • Principals
  • Central office administrators
  • Policymakers

Potential Employment Settings

  • PK-12 public, private or charter schools
  • Higher education institutions

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/administrative-services-managers.htm

 

Educational Leadership Programs

Programs Offered

GW offers a Master's in Educational Leadership and Administration and a Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration (off-campus or online).

 

Admissions

  • Program Entry: Summer, Fall
  • Prerequisites: Master's Degree, Minimum of one year of teaching experience
  • Campus: Alexandria, Online

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose ( 500-750 word essay). Please address the following topics:
    • Your rationale for seeking further qualification in the field of Educational Administration at GW.
    • What knowledge, skills, dispositions, or experiences in leadership will you bring to the program? What has prepared you to assume an administrative role?
    • Evidence of equity-focused teaching or leadership in your own classroom or across multiple classrooms.
    • Areas for growth you will seek to acquire during the program to prepare to be an effective school leader.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (at least 1 from a current administrator preferred)
  • Transcripts
  • Application Fee
  • Interview may be required

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.  Applications for Summer and Fall 2022 are being accepted.  The final deadline to apply for Summer 2022 is May 23, 2022.  If you have questions about the application process, please contact our Admission Office at gsehdadm@gwu.edu or at 202.994.9283.

 

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration located off-campus (202-994-9283) or online (202-994-9283) and gsehdonline@email.gwu.edu .