Online Graduate Certificate: Instructional Leadership

Instructional Leadership

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

Are you passionate about educational leadership and creating a supportive, uplifting learning environment in K–12 schools? The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers an online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Leadership. This fully online program is for educators who currently hold a Master of Science or Specialist in Education degree in Education or a related field. Once you complete the program, you will have the knowledge, skills, and values required to effectively lead in educational practice settings.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775

Field Experience


Admission Terms


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K-12 Educational Leadership…If Not You, Then Who? 

There has never been a more pivotal time for the future of our K-12 schools, and those schools need experienced educators willing to step forward and lead. The Instructional Leadership Graduate Certificate is intended for educators with a Master of Science or Specialist in Education degree in Education or a related field. The certificate also requires a 350-hour internship. This fieldwork experience bridges the gap between theory and practice and allows you to understand the skills and dispositions required to lead schools and the standards under which you will work while adding to your knowledge with standards-based projects.

Asynchronous Courses 

Through specific and targeted asynchronous online course content, pedagogy, the Instructional Leadership Internship, mentorship, and performance assessment, you will learn and experience what it takes to be an educational leader.  Our program is accredited nationally by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  Our practiced faculty and educational leaders present courses on principalship, communication in administration, educational law issues, school budgeting and finance, educational change, organizational theory, leading curriculum & instruction, school improvement, supervision, and personnel administration.  

Like you, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, understands the importance of K-12 school leadership. Take the next step and join us to explore educational administration and further develop your skill set as you prepare for future opportunities to lead! 

Course Features

Here are some of the courses you can take during the online Instructional Leadership Graduate Certificate program: 

EDAM 513: Administrative & Organizational Theory

Provides an introduction to theoretical, administrative, and organizational foundations of management and leadership of educational programs. Organizations are approached from the perspective of Bolman and Deal’s four frames; that is, structural, human resources, political and symbolic. 

EDAM 544: School Finance & Business Management

Provides a grounding in education resource management theory and practice, allowing students to acquire a working knowledge of the context of school finance at the national, state, and local levels, and understand the strategies and mechanics of school resource utilization that are most closely associated with increased student academic success. 

EDAM 548: Supervision & Personnel Administration

Designed to offer future K-12 educational leaders and scholars a broad and engaging background in the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of personnel supervision and evaluation. Course topics will be covered in light of significant, recent developments in the teacher evaluation and supervision field in Tennessee and the nation. The course will be broken into three modules: developing staff, supervising, and evaluating personnel. 

EDAM 519: Curriculum for School Leaders

Looks at the role of the administrator as the instructional leader specifically as it relates to their knowledge of reform initiatives, best practice and instructional strategies, and as professional development facilitator. Approaches the process of leadership through the lens of curriculum and instruction. Specifically, students will learn and understand the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

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Are You Ready to Step Up to K-12 Educational Leadership?