What you'll learn

  • Build skills which surface and model effective practice to lead adult learners
  • Engage with relevant problems of practice that address common challenges of instructional leadership
  • Apply knowledge, skills, and insights to practice leadership in one’s own professional context
  • Join an active community of educators

Course description

With the explosion of non-administrative leadership positions in schools in the past decade, schools and systems now understand how critical mentor teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders of instructional teams or departments are to supporting teacher development and student growth. Access to these instructional leadership roles - and support in fulfilling them - is also an important part of ensuring that the best teachers remain in their schools as leaders while continuing to teach.

Participating in Instructional Leadership Certificate (ILC) coursework is an opportunity for teachers to distinguish themselves as teacher leaders who are knowledgeable and supportive resources in their professional communities.

The Instructional Leadership Certificate (ILC) consists of four 6-week online courses designed to build capacity in those who serve or aspire to serve in instructional leadership roles, such as mentors, coaches, department chairs, grade level lead, and facilitators of professional development. All courses address three certificate throughlines: Advanced Instructional Excellence; Leading and Motivating Educators; Aligning Purpose and Practice.

The courses are asynchronous via our Canvas learning platform and are divided into six one-week modules, which consist of three to four hours of work per week that include a practice challenge for participants to apply learning in their context. There are opportunities for individual reflection and application as well as peer feedback throughout the course, and participants will be awarded 20 PD clock hours upon completion of each course. 

To earn the Instructional Leadership Certificate, participants must complete all four ILC courses. Articulating the Intangibles of Teaching is the recommended foundational course, though courses may be completed in any order, across a flexible schedule. ILC courses are offered four times each year in June, July, October, and March. The first two courses are currently enrolling. The full set of courses will be available in 2022.


Current Courses being offered for this certificate are:

Articulating the Intagibles of Teaching: Aligning Your Purpose and Practice for Instructional Leadership

Teachers Mentoring Teachers: Practice for Powerful Professional Communities


Associated Schools

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

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