Instructional Leadership

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If you already have an Alabama Class A certificate in a teaching field and want to be a school principal, this graduate certificate is for you. We prepare instructional administrators and leaders in a K-12 setting. In just 18 credit hours, you will focus on collaboration, student learning, and achievement. Using a cohort format co-taught by experienced leaders and university faculty, you will engage in a sequential, developmental, and comprehensive preparation program. We offer regular opportunities to integrate theory and practice.


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Certificate Overview | Cost and Financial Support | Administrative Certification | Administration of Elementary & Secondary Education Faculty | Admissions Information | Initial Registration Requirement


Certificate Overview

The coursework for this certificate is prescribed so that you are able to apply for Class A Administrative certification in the state of Alabama.  Courses include topics such as:

  • Action Research & Data Analysis
  • Leadership and the Learning Organization
  • Planning and Continuous Improvement
  • Instructional & Curricular Leadership
  • Educational Finance & Resource Management
  • Supervision & Personnel Issues in Education
Educational Leadership Course Descriptions

Cost and Financial Support

  • Auburn’s Student Financial Services page provides up-to-date cost information.
  • There are grants and fellowships available to graduate students.
  • Auburn University’s Financial Aid Office also helps students find support.
  • Federal financial aid cannot be used to fund a graduate certificate if it is the only program in which you are enrolled.

Administrative Certification

  • AL Class A Professional Educator Certificate required for admission
  • This certificate leads to AL Class A Instructional Leadership Certificate.
  • You must earn a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II test
  • You must complete and send the certification application to the Professional Education Services Office

Administration of Elementary & Secondary Education Faculty

  • Jason Bryant, Ph.D. – Assistant Clinical Professor and Program Coordinator
  • Lisa Kensler, Ed.D. – Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
  • Lynne Patrick, Ed.D. – Director, Truman Pierce Institute and Associate Clinical Professor
  • Ellen Reames, Ed.D. – Associate Professor

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree or higher
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Alabama Class A Professional Educator certificate
  • Approval of the Department’s Graduate Program Committee, Department Head, faculty members of the Administration of Elementary & Secondary Education program, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Application Materials

  • All official transcripts
    (Hard copies) Send to: Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
    (Electronic copies) — if permitted by granting institution — Send to:  graduatetranscripts@auburn.edu
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Valid & renewable teaching certificate
  • Clear background check
  • EDUCATEAlabama Professional Learning Plan & feedback
  • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
  • Evidence of leadership & management potential
  • Evidence of 3 full years of acceptable teaching experience —
    Send notarized Supplemental Experience form to:  Program Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Kensler, 4036 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849

Initial Registration Requirement

Auburn University requires on-campus students to provide proof of vaccinations.  Students must only do this before their first term of course registration.  This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.