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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership

This certificate helps teachers establish leadership qualities and build upon existing expertise while renewing excitement about teaching. The courses address key challenges, such as the changing educational environment, parent involvement, and raising student achievement. Teachers study ways to lead with confidence while leveraging the latest research to guide decisions and mentor others throughout the learning community.

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
Semester 1

EDUC 6647 - Dynamic Teacher Leadership

3 semester credits

EDUC 6651 - Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement

3 semester credits
Semester 2

EDUC 6655 - Teacher Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration With Colleagues

3 semester credits

EDUC 6659 - Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities

3 semester credits