Online, stackable graduate certificates that lead to a full MA degree
To help teachers make a difference in their districts and communities, our innovative online Teacher Leadership program offers graduate certificates that can lead to a master’s degree. Our coursework threads reflective practices, content mastery and skill development throughout so that students can practice leadership skills as they engage with the curriculum. This program is offered entirely online and is organized around self-paced (i.e. course work completed at separate times) as well as real-time formats (i.e. meeting virtually at the same time).
To earn the master's degree, students will complete three graduate certificates. Each certificate blends together on-demand, self-paced online courses with a real-time capstone course held in the summer. These affordable certificates have been designed for educators looking to enhance their skills and capacities as classroom teachers and leaders and to make a difference in their schools and local communities. Students can choose to take classes and separately complete certificates without enrolling in the full MA program.
We offer a supportive community and flexible coursework designed to accommodate busy teachers’ schedules. We know that teachers lead busy, fast-paced, often overworked professional lives, and we have built these certificates with input from educators to help meet teachers’ needs. The certificate content and curriculum directly relates to teachers’ everyday practices while translating into practical tools that teachers can use in their own classrooms, schools and communities.
Currently, we are offering four graduate certificates in teacher leadership:
Other graduate certificates in development and aiming to launch between Fall 2021-2022 include:
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Each certificate is organized around the following assumptions about teachers as leaders:
In order to enroll in a course or the certificate, we have created an easy-access, quick-enroll process.
From the onset, students interested in taking classes in teacher leadership, earning a certificate, or enrolling in the MA program have the option to:
Enroll in a single course (i.e. pay as you go). Students do not have to apply for a certificate and the certificate conferral will happen once the required courses are completed with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Apply for the MA degree, select a certificate, and proceed with coursework requirements.
Students who intend to pursue a MA degree must:
Declare their intent at any point before their third certificate; a degree will not be conferred until a student has been formally admitted.
Submit a one page statement of purpose (reviewed by the School of Education for advising purposes).
Submit an official transcript which shows an awarded bachelor’s degree.
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 across courses previously taken as a non-degree student in this program, if applicable.
The MA in Teacher Leadership program tuition has been designed to be affordable for working teachers. Tuition per credit hour is differentiated for courses, certificates and the degree based on Colorado resident/non-resident status.
Our program offers a simple pay-as-you-go model, and the current tuition rates are $486 per credit hour for Colorado residents and $519 per credit hour for non-resident, out-of-state students*. Each certificate consists of 10 credits, which brings the certificate tuition total to $4,860 for residents and $5,190 for non-residents.
|10 (one certificate)||$4,860||$5,190|
|30 (entire degree)||$14,580||$15,570|
This program is not currently eligible for U.S. federal financial aid.
*Select campus fees shall be charged for this program. Students may be charged on an at-cost basis for such items as credit card fees. Please refer to the Bursar’s Office website for student fees.
Each graduate certificate in teacher leadership requires 10 completed credits, as follows:
Three two-credit self-paced classes, taken in sequence
The two-credit self-paced course sessions must be completed within a six month period. These classes must be completed two weeks before beginning a synchronous capstone in the summer.
One four-credit real-time class, taken in the summer
The last course for all certificates is a real-time capstone course that brings together all the content and curriculum. This course runs as a 3-week intensive after academic school years end in June/July.
The MA in Teacher Leadership degree requires completion of any three teacher leadership certificates (a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved, graduate-level coursework) and a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00.