Instructional Leadership

Post-Master's Certificate

Leaders are needed to assist school districts and state educational boards with improvement of instructional capacities in our schools. This post-master’s certificate will provide you with a strong background in the supervision of instruction and the ability to assess and interpret data. You will also focus on instructional improvements and reform to enhance student achievement.

Basis of Admission A completed master's-level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university. Scope Six Courses (18 credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate. At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action. Course Length All courses are 8 weeks in length. Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.
Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

IL7000-8

The Culture of Learning

In this course, doctoral students will explore ways of creating a culture of learning while engaging in instructional leadership tasks. Through course activities, students will explore topics including technology integration, philosophically sound curriculum decision-making, visionary leadership traits, and curriculum management.

IL7001-8

Leader as Advocate and Decision Maker

In this course, doctoral students will engage the complex decision-making concepts and processes while reflecting on staff development and instructional supervision. Topics include: teacher perceptions, instructional leadership, supervisory behaviors, instructional support and strategies, collaborative characteristics and presentation technology.

IL7002-8

Leader as Community Advocate

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

ED7035-8

Curriculum Supervision

In this course, doctoral students will explore classic and contemporary approaches to organizational development. Students will explore preferred communication styles, cultivate relationships, develop strategies, and evaluate optimal strategies for organizational growth. Finally, students will be introduced to the doctrines of organizational development, theory, and techniques.

ED7030-8

Development of Organizational Leadership

In this course, doctoral students will explore classic and contemporary approaches to organizational development. Students will explore preferred communication styles, cultivate relationships, develop strategies, and evaluate optimal strategies for organizational growth. Finally, students will be introduced to the doctrines of organizational development, theory, and techniques.

ED7036-8

Innovation for Change

In this course, students will employ creative skills, manage innovation, and hone techniques to promote imaginative and flexible change strategies. Change involves knowledge, understanding, and commitment from administrators and cannot be construed as an event, but rather a process. Further, change involves working with a diverse group of people and striving to motivate others to muscle through change as it is needed. Leaders must work with a community and use change to implement desirable changes. This course will prepare doctoral students to negotiate the world of education innovation and change.

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-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $871
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,613
  • Program cost: $15,678
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $250
  • 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.

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