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Educational Leadership Post-Graduate Certificate

The Educational Leadership Certificate Program consists of six courses (18 semester graduate hours) covering Virginia’s Requirement for K – 12 Licensure in School Leadership, using an alternative route to licensure which requires a recommendation of support from the Superintendent of Schools in the employing division of the licensure candidate.  All candidates for the Certificate Program must have a valid Virginia teaching licensure and hold a Master’s Degree from an accredited College/University. Competencies for Professionals are aligned with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards. Those who complete the program receive Radford University’s Post Graduate Certificate for Educational Leadership. This Certificate does NOT provide automatic licensure for School Leadership in Virginia. ALL Certificate completers must also pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) administered by the Educational Testing Services Corporation prior to being eligible for a licensure as a school leader in Virginia.  The pass score is established by the Virginia State Board of Education. Successful completion of the Certificate Program, a minimum passing score on the SLLA and a letter from the employing Superintendent for an exception to the typical licensure degree program must be met for licensure in Virginia through this certificate program.

Which careers does this certificate enhance?

This certificate responds to needs by school divisions who are in searching for licensed teachers who want to become school leaders and have been identified as such. The participants must already hold a Master’s Degree from an accredited College/University.  The Certificate Program includes those that are working in or preparing to work in:

  • Pre-School and Elementary Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • High Schools
  • Central Office Supervision

How successful are completers in finding employment?

Many students who complete the certificate are already employed, and are interested in enhancing their skills. Some of these students are already working in quasi-leadership roles for their school division or other in providing support to official school leaders. Completion of the Certificate Program does qualify students for School Leader Licensure.  Successful completion of the program does not fulfill all of the three requirements for such licensure in Virginia.

How long will it take to complete the certificate?

Most students complete the certificate in one year and a half.  Many of the courses for this program are based on on-line instruction. EDEL 624 Technology for School Administrators is typically the first course program participants select. This introduces both the technology involved for the program, but also serves as an introduction to school leadership and basic Interstate State School Leaders Consortium Standards. The required courses are also part of the Educational Leadership Program Master’s Degree thus creating multiple opportunities for participation and networking within the educational leadership community.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition costs can be found here. Full-time Virginia educators (K-12) can qualify to pay a reduced tuition rate for Radford University courses. The Reduced Tuition Rate for Virginia Educator’s is set by the Board of Visitors each May to be effective the following fall semester. For information on the current reduced rate contact the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.