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Graduate Certificate in School Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in School Leadership for Educational Equity, Racial Understanding, and Organizational Transformation is a principal preparation program aligned  to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) administrator standards and develops core competencies in three main areas: Organizational Leadership, Anti-Racist Leadership and Social Emotional Competencies.

The program is delivered online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous coursework and is designed for working professionals.

The program was created in partnership with Teachers21 and the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department at William James College. The degree is offered through William James College.

Program Components

  • 18 total credits
  • 3 semesters of online coursework (fall, spring, summer)
  • 500 practicum hours at school site
  • Capstone project (for those earning a principal certification)
  • The curriculum is designed to prepare you for the MA PAL state assessment for licensure

Curriculum and Coursework

  • Leadership of Educational Institutions
  • Shaping School Culture
  • The Crux of School Leadership: Managing Dilemmas, Paradoxes, and Complexity
  • The Psychology of Racism and Discrimination
  • Anti-racist Leadership/Multicultural Leadership/Change Leadership
  • DEI Interventions Effective Communication
  • Capstone

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2021.  Here is a list of our requirements

  • Completed Online Application
  • $60 Application Fee 
  • Professional Letter of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (Please list 2 references on your CV. One must be a current supervisor.)
  • Application Essay
  • Official Transcripts

Learn more and apply now.

For more information

For more information on the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership, please visit www.williamjames.edu/gcsl. Please also provide your name and email to be added to our email list for more program information. Request info here.

We are hosting upcoming webinars to learn more about the program. Please check out our upcoming dates and register online. Look for "School Leadership Graduate Certificate for Educational Equity, Racial Understanding, and Organizational Transformation".

Kris Taylor, EdDKris Taylor, EdD
Director, Graduate Certificate in School Leadership for Educational Equity, Racial Understanding, and Organizational Transformation
ktaylor@teachers21.org