Sixth-Year Certificate in Educational Leadership

Program Rationale:

This program is designed to prepare graduates to serve in administrative roles within public and private school organizations. Successful graduates will be eligible for certification as an intermediate administrator/supervisor.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program are expected to:

  • understand how learning occurs and how people process information, acquire skills, and develop thoughtful inquiring minds;
  • apply change theory to create continuous organizational renewal processes;
  • use a variety of approaches to assess student learning, teacher development, parent satisfaction, and organizational effectiveness;
  • be able to collaborate with colleagues, parents, and local business and social organizations to create optimum learning environments; and
  • understand the legal, ethical, and policy environments of their work as school administrators.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to this program is limited and highly competitive.  All applications and supporting materials for admission to the program must be received by March 1st for the summer and November 1st for spring term. 

  • Possess a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Attained a 3.00 minimum post-baccalaureate cumulative grade-point average (GPA) on a four-point scale or its equivalent
  • Have a minimum of three years of teaching experience and possess, or be eligible for, a Connecticut teaching certificate (Students who do not hold an educator's certificate issued by the Connecticut State Department of Education must also pass Praxis I)
  • Two letters of reference from school administrators
  • A formal essay which has two focus points (1) the reasons that led the candidate to the area of school leadership, and (2) future career goals

Interviews will be held in November/December and April/May. Decisions will be communicated to applicants by the end of the current semester.

Course Requirements

The Sixth-Year Certificate in Educational Leadership, including recommendation for certification for the Intermediate Administrator/Supervisor,requires 30 credits.

Requirements include completion of 27 credits of professional core and 3 credits of advisor-approved electives.

Professional Core

EDL 590Leaders as Learners: Educational Leadership and Self-Assessment


EDL 605Leadership in Teaching and Learning I


EDL 606Leadership in Teaching and Learning II


EDL 610School Leadership I


EDL 611School Leadership II


EDL 620Educational Policy, Communities, and Pluralistic Governance


EDL 630Education Law, Ethics, and Equity


EDL 688Administration Programs for Diverse Learners I


EDL 689Administration Programs for Diverse Learners II


EDL 690Internship in Educational Leadership I


EDL 691Internship in Educational Leadership II


Electives (3 credits of advisor-approved electives)

Total Credit Hours:30

Note: To receive certification, students must also pass a performance-based examination administered by the State of Connecticut. The State of Connecticut also requires 50 months of teaching experience prior to licensure and completion of a designated course in special education, which may be used as part of the elective requirements.