Teacher Leadership Certificate

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The Teacher Leadership Certificate program is designed to enable teachers to earn a Teacher Leader Endorsement under the New Jersey Teacher Leader Law. Through NJ DOE (Department of Education), teachers are allowed to add a Teacher Leader Endorsement onto their initial instructional certificate by completing a state approved program that is aligned to the Teacher Leader Model of Standards. To meet the demand of this new certificate, a 12-credit hybrid course of study was developed at WPU. This two-semester, cohort-baseprogram requires the completion of four (3 credit) courses outlined below. Candidates will study the seven domains of the Teacher Leader Model Standards throughout the program as recommended by the state. 

Two existing courses (EDLP 6010 & EDLP 6030) will be used in the program. Two new courses (EDLP 6200 & EDLP 6210) were developed to fulfil internship requirements. Internship experiences totaling 60 hours, 30 hours each of two semesters, will require candidates to gain varied experiences as a curriculum coordinator, instructional coach, teacher facilitator, and mentor in their school settings. EDLP 6200 covers the collaborate dimensions of teacher leadership and EDLP 6210 covers the use of research and data analysis to inform practice and improve learning outcomes. Instructors will supervise internship projects and assessments, and candidates will be required to keep a log detailing their intern experiences (e.g., community outreach projects; research based professional development workshops for peers and/or parents; coach or mentor a peer, etc.). Candidates will demonstrate competency based on Teacher Leader Model Standards-aligned assessments. 

View required courses and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Admission Requirements: 

In addition to the University’s admission requirements: 

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • A minimum of three years of fulltime teaching experience 
  • A New Jersey standard instructional certificate 
  • A minimum of two effective or highly effective annual summative ratings in the three most recent years under the New Jersey evaluation system, or appropriate equivalent criteria 

Program Completion Requirements: 

  • 12 credits of graduate study with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 

Application Deadline

August 1st: Fall semester 

*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

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Professor Anthony S. Bundy
Coordinator, Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies