Graduate Certificate

Teacher Leadership for Student Learning Graduate Certificate

Program overview

The Teacher Leadership for Student Learning Certificate is designed for teachers who want to stay and lead from within the classroom. This program is best suited for educators currently teaching in the pre-kindergarten through grade 12 setting.

Individuals seeking formal teacher leader roles such as department chair, instructional coach, peer mentor, team leader, etc. will find the coursework useful to their professional development. Aspiring administrators may also find the content useful as principals and other instructional leaders must understand concepts of teacher leadership in order to effectively enact distributive leadership.

The Teacher Leadership for Student Learning Graduate Certificate was developed with input from local school district partners, and prepares participants to meet the National Teacher Leader Model Standards and the National Staff Development Council’s Standards, now referred to as Learning Forward.

Within the certificate coursework, teachers will learn about teacher leadership as well as the skills needed to engage in and lead teacher research, coach for student learning, facilitate high quality job-embedded learning at their schools, and develop a lens of equity. 

Coursework in this certificate program can be applied to some advanced graduate degree programs in the USF College of Education. Contact the program coordinator for more information. 

Visit the USF Catalog for more information about the curriculum and admission requirements. 

USF Catalog


For more information, contact:

Dr. Rebecca West Burns
Program Coordinator
Email: rebeccaburns@usf.edu 
Mail Point: USF Tampa campus EDU 105

Todd Williams
Academic Program Specialist
Email: twwillia@usf.edu     
Phone: (813) 974-8351
Mail Point: USF Tampa campus EDU 105