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Post-Master’s Certificate in
Instructional Leadership

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Just as teachers are now in greater demand than ever before, educational leaders are needed to manage and assist school districts and state educational boards as they work to improve the instructional capabilities of our schools. This post-master’s certificate provides a strong background in supervision and the ability to assess and interpret data on curriculum, instructional practice, and innovation. The focus is on practicing leadership by creating cultures, organizations, and community advocacy that improve instruction and enhance student achievement.

Admission Requirements 

A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.


For the Post-Master’s Certificate in Instructional Leadership, you must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours). The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 13 months.

Course Details

Course Listings

In this course, students explore ways of creating a culture of learning while engaging in instructional leadership. Through course activities, you’ll explore technology integration, philosophically sound curriculum decision-making, visionary leadership traits, curriculum management, and more.

In this course, you’ll use various research-based leadership decision-making concepts and supervisory processes to advance teacher development and instructional practice. The focus is on the educational leader as decision-maker, supervisor, and teacher advocate in support of student achievement. Additional topics include perceptions of leadership, instructional strategies and support, professional development, and collaboration.

Instructional leaders must forge relationships with stakeholders in the community to build effective learning organizations. In this doctoral course, you’ll evaluate the skills necessary to engage stakeholders in partnerships that enhance educational operations at all levels. You’ll explore methods to develop professional learning communities and evaluate the theories and research related to those communities and instructional leadership.

An introduction to the theories, principles, practices, and issues of curriculum supervision. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge required to design and manage curricula resources to ensure congruence among written, taught, and tested subject matter. The course also explores issues of equitable instructional programs, materials, and products that support student achievement and institutional goals.

In this course, you’ll explore classic and contemporary approaches to organizational development from a leadership perspective. Major emphasis will be placed on theories, strategies, and leadership styles relative to implementing organizational growth. As you progress, you’ll address various organizational concepts leading to the development of your own organizational leadership plan.

Change involves knowledge, understanding, and commitment from administrators. It must not be construed as an event, but rather a process. In this course, you’ll negotiate the world of education innovation and change by employing creative skills and imaginative techniques for flexible change strategies. You’ll learn to work with diverse groups and communities of people and motivate others to muscle through new challenges in order to implement desirable changes.

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Learning Outcomes

If you’ve earned your Master of Education degree, then our post-master’s certificate may move you past the head of the class. NU’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Instructional Leadership is designed to help you focus and develop your skill sets and knowledge in a particular area of education beyond the master’s level, without the need for a doctoral commitment or dissertation. You’ll not only enhance your understanding of major theories and practices in your specialty, but you’ll be challenged to think critically about the topics covered with the goal of applying what you learn to your professional objectives—all while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

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