Leadership for Improved Student Achievement

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
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As educators, student success is a goal we all share. The Leadership for Improved Student Achievement post-baccalaureate certificate is designed to help you lead change in the area of student success. Not only will you learn about the role that data plays in informing today's educators, but you will also examine successful and innovative learning communities and the steps to promote continuous improvement in your school.

Basis of Admissions

A completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university is required. Credit hours from another university or institution cannot be transferred towards a post-baccalaureate certificate program.

Post-baccalaureate certificates transfer into a master’s degree sequence.

Completion Period for Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Northcentral allows 2 years to complete all post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Post-baccalaureate certificate courses in the School of Education are eight weeks in length.

12 Credit Hours

Course Code


Course Description


Using Professional Learning Communities and Other Tools to Create a Culture of Innovation

In this course, students will explore the elements which impact achievement and knowledge of the structure of Professional Learning Communities. Topics include: organizational culture, collaboration, and professional development. Course mastery will be demonstrated through organization of a Professional Learning Community for an educational setting.


Taking Aim: How Great Schools use Data to Inform Great Teachers

In this course, students will discuss how important the use of data can be to the creation of better informed teachers, better teaching practices, and, ultimately, better student learning. Students will analyze data to provide professional development to teachers, organize teachers into PLCs, and create school improvement plans. Course mastery will be demonstrated through the creation of a decision-making guide for school leaders.


Promoting Excellence in Teaching I: Steps towards Better Performance in the Classroom

In this course, students will look at the necessary steps involved to improve performance in the classroom. Students will use observations to increase instructional efficiency, design teacher professional development plans, identify teacher strengths, and design professional development plans which meet the needs of current teachers. Course mastery will be demonstrated through the creation of a teacher observation/professional development plan.


Promoting Excellence in Teaching II: Steps towards Refinement and Continuous Improvement

In this course, students will explore steps toward refinement and continuous improvement. Students will identify intervention techniques for continuous improvement, develop a long term plan for school improvement based on achievement, and design a teacher series of observation checklists for teacher observations. Additionally, students will apply knowledge of the use of PLCs to increase student achievement. Course mastery will be demonstrated through the creation of a school improvement plan which is based upon student achievement.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Education's post-baccalaureate certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $7,886
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors.For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

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