This certificate will prepare students for a leadership role in an educational setting. It will help students discover their leadership strengths, challenges and learn the characteristics of successful leaders, while also providing numerous opportunities to share and reflect on personal leadership experiences.

Students will work individually and collaboratively to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes about the importance of group dynamics, building trust and effective relationships in order to create a culture of learning. 

Who is this program for?

This program is for individuals interested in a wide array of educational leadership roles, including school administrators, mentors, instructional coaches, facilitators, coordinators, subject leads and district or central office administrators. The design of the program supports the development of practical and theoretical understandings of leadership within a variety of roles and seeks to establish an appreciation for continual learning, reflection and professional leadership growth.

How the program works

This fully online program includes four core certificate courses (36 hours each) that are taken sequentially and cumulate in a mini-capstone project.

What you will learn

By the completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:


  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of leadership dimensions, competencies and values within various leadership frameworks and structures. (KNO)
  • Develop an understanding of the role of trust within the context of relationships and supporting learning communities. (KNO)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics and effective teamwork. (KNO)


  • Explore the role and impact educational leaders have on improved student learning. (APP)
  • Demonstrate competencies in working with multiple sources of data in order to improve student learning and instructional practice. (RES)
  • Critically and creatively address problems within an educational context. (LIM)
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills as an educational leader (COM)


  • Develop a practice of ethical reasoning that considers multiple voices and models an ethic of care and responsibility. (PRO)
  • Appreciate the value of creating and communicating a shared vision that meets the needs of a larger learning community. (COM)

Develop an appreciation for personal professional growth as an educational leader. (PRO)


Faculty of Education

These courses are offered by the Faculty of Education, in Partnership with Western Continuing Studies