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Professor in the Instructional Leadership certificate program at Mount St. Mary's University.

Instructional Leadership Certificate

Become a leader in education.

The ability to provide children with a quality education starts with school leadership, and for pre-K-12 administrators, the Mount’s graduate certificate in instructional leadership is designed to provide the tools and skills needed to help their institutions thrive.

School of Education

The instructional leadership certificate is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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About the certificate.

In this program, you'll learn about effective leadership skills, leadership self-assessment, governance, and the central role of parents in education. In addition to experiences in management of schools and the use of technical skills to support teacher development, you'll also focus on applicable legal issues, supervision and managing school finances.

Course content also covers strategies for curriculum design, implementation and assessment, which are developed and evaluated in response to political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts. You'll even complete a portfolio that showcases your experiences as they relate to relevant national and state standards.

The post-baccalaureate certificate in instructional leadership consists of six three-credit courses. Courses include:

  • Principles of School Leadership and Administration
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Improving Instructional Practice through Supervision
  • Educational Policy and School Law
  • School Leadership Practicum I
  • School Leadership Practicum II

The graduate certificate in instructional leadership is designed for individuals who hold a master’s degree in education.

Additional Programs

The School of Education also offers certificate programs in advanced study in reading, along with instructional design and technology.

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Vincent Rapposelli

The certificate in Instructional Leadership at the Mount gave me access to high-level professors who have years of practical experience. The program recognized I am a working educator and provided me the support I needed to succeed based on my schedule. I was well-equipped and educated for entering a competitive and dynamic job market.

Vincent Rapposelli, MAT'19 Graduate Certificate, Concentration in Instructional Leadership

Affordability & Financial Aid

Graduate level programs are designed to be taken one course at a time, providing you the flexibility you need to complete the classes at your own pace; with that the program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs.

  • $9,000 - Estimated total cost of program, including tuition and fees.*
  • Cost is based on 15 credits (five (5) classes) at $600 per credit.
  • No application fee.
  • Students may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

*Tuition and fees represent 2023-24 rates effective July 1, 2023. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local school systems, businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college. Learn more about Graduate Student Financial Aid at the Mount.

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

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Admissions & Application

  • Classes begin: Every semester.
  • Admissions: Rolling.
  • No application fee.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in education with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school.
  • Copy of current valid teaching certificate.

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For questions, please contact:

Mary Newton
Assistant to the Dean
School of education

Graduate Education Programs Archbishop Borders Hall 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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