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Grow as a teacher leader

Teachers don’t just educate. They inspire, support and lead.

A teacher leadership certificate helps you go farther in your career – while staying in the classroom.

Why earn a graduate certificate in teacher leadership at Missouri State?

  • Grow your skills and become a better leader, without pursuing the full specialist degree.
  • Take on leadership roles (coach, mentor), have a bigger say on decision-making and become a better advocate for your peers.
  • Enjoy a competitive edge in the job market and refresh your education knowledge.

Possible career paths

Qualify for advanced roles like:

  • Curriculum specialist
  • Instructional coach
  • Resource teacher

Certificate in Teacher Leadership

Krista Tate, Program Director
Hill Hall, Room 207

Program description

The certificate is designed for those teachers who want to improve their own practice and develop teacher leadership skills and understandings, but who do not want to pursue the complete Specialist in Education, Teacher Leadership. To earn the certificate in Teacher Leadership, students must follow the admission procedures for the Specialist in Education, Teacher Leadership (see SETL graduate catalog description). Please note: This certificate in Teacher Leadership does not prepare (or certify) teachers to work as a building principal.

Entrance requirements

To be considered for the program, a student submit a Graduate Application for admission to the certificate program.

Required Courses - 18 hrs

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
EDC 800 Teacher Leadership I: Contemporary Educational Problems 5 hrs
EDC 801 Teacher Leadership II: Diversity and Curriculum Design 5 hrs
EDC 802 Teacher Leadership III: Building Classroom Climate & Effective Student Assessments 5 hrs
EDC 803 Teacher Leadership IV: Curriculum Theory 3 hrs

Apply online

Apply to this certificate program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections above before you begin.

Note: This certificate does not prepare or certify teachers to work as a building principal.