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 21 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.

Certificate Overview | Administrative Certification | Admissions | Initial Registration Requirements | Faculty | Cost & Financial Support

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
  • Multiprofessional Leadership for Equity
Educational Leadership Course Descriptions
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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
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Application Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree or higher
  • 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:
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Valid & renewable teaching certificate
  • Clear background check
  • EDUCATEAlabama Professional Learning Plan & feedback (or comparable evaluation)
  • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
  • Evidence of leadership & management potential
  • Evidence of 3 full years of acceptable teaching experience — Supplement EXP form. Select “Supplement EXP” from the list of options.  Return notarized Supplement EXP form to: 3464 Haley Center, attn: Certification Officer, Auburn, AL, 36849.  If mailing the form, applicants are strongly encouraged to track its progress.  Questions regarding the completion of this form should be directed to Stephanie Thompson.
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Initial Registration Requirements

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.

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Cost & Financial Support

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