Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration

Learn to Lead Learning Excellence

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 a master’s degree and the program gives you the opportunity to gain credentials in as little as one year. Students seeking a certificate program may apply for financial aid. Should you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate, you have the option to transfer these GW earned credit hours into the online Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership and Administration program.

This accelerated certificate program is nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

Completion of the Educational Leadership certificate may also prepare qualified candidates for principal or administrator licensure. This program also includes coursework and field experiences designed to meet administrative certification requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and other states that honor interstate compact agreements.

Through coursework and two internships, you will build a broader foundation in leadership and management, change, communication, administration, supervision, human relations and policy and legal issues.

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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)

  • EDUC 6232 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6234 Site-Based Leadership: K-12 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6236 School Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6422 Instructional Needs Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6287 A Internship: Administration (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6287 B Internship: Administration (3 credits)

Certificate Outcomes

  • The Educational Leadership Certificate utilizes research-based coursework and real-world education leadership projects to help you apply crucial concepts and build your professional portfolio. You will develop specialized skills that include planning, change management, research analysis and supervisory strategy.
Faculty
Associate Professor
(757) 269-2203
Assistant Professor
(757) 269-2229
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-7576
Assistant Professor
(703) 726-3772
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-4515
Associate Professor
(202) 994-0132
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-1342
Assistant Professor of Practice
(757) 269-2217
Career Outlook

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 P-12 school-based and central office positions. Nationally recognized by NCATE, this program includes courses and field experiences designed to meet administrative certification 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

  • P-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

Master’s

Program Offered

GW offers an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration degree (campus or online).

The program is ideal for students with a master’s degree in education who seek further professional preparation for specific objectives. Completion of the Education Specialist degree may prepare qualified candidates for administrator/principal licensure.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration located on campus (202-994-9283) or online (844-386-7323).

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