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.

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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
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Administrative Certification

  • Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certificate required for admission.
  • The Instructional Leadership certificate leads to Alabama Class A Instructional Leadership Certificate.
  • You must earn a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II test.
  • Contact the Certification Officer for a teacher education application.
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Application Deadlines

  • Rolling admissions with cohorts beginning in summer, fall, and spring
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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 Requirements

For the admission process, you will need to provide the following in your application to the Graduate School:

  • All official transcripts
  • 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 the Certification Officer.
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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


Financial Aid

  • Auburn’s Financial Aid Office also helps students find support.
    • Note: Federal financial aid cannot be used to fund a graduate certificate if it is the only program in which you are enrolled.
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