COE: Grad Cert: K-12 Teacher Leader
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Cultivate Your Leadership

Leadership takes on many forms in education. Teachers must be leaders in the classroom, school and community. They lead by example in the way they act, speak and behave. They lead their students through challenging activities and rigorous learning. Then, they take on additional teacher leadership roles inside and outside the classroom for activities, events and extracurricular programs which build positive school culture. The K-12 Teacher Leader Program helps teachers cultivate leadership skills to prepare for current and future opportunities.

The Graduate Certificate in K-12 Teacher Leader is a 15-credit-hour program available in both an online and hybrid format that can be completed in as little as 12 months. It is designed to develop leadership skills in teachers who fill the many leadership roles within schools and districts and allows you to garner skills to develop or enhance instructional coaching. You may apply earned credit hours from this program toward a master’s degree in K-12 Administration and/or Curriculum and Instruction.

Graduate Certificate

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Kristel Schlemper

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet general University of Missouri-St. Louis Graduate School admissions requirements and have active teacher certification.  Preferred candidates have teaching experience. 

Students may submit application materials at anytime, however applications will be reviewed twice annually: October 1 and March 1.

Certificate Requirements

Students are required to take 15 credit hours in three areas:

  • Foundations
  • Knowledge/Concepts
  • Skills 

 All courses must be taken at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Foundation Course
ED ADM 6717: Instructional Coaching for K-12 Teacher Leaders3
Choose three of the following:
ED ADM 6701
Leadership for Equity
ED ADM 6702
Supervision in Education Organizations
ED ADM 6704
Data-Driven Instruction and Team Leadership I
ED ADM 6705
School Culture I
Choose one of the following:
TCH ED 6411
Curriculum Leadership in Education
ELE ED 6431
STEM Instruction in Elementary Education
ELE ED 6387
Literacy Acquisition and Learning for Diverse Students
ELE ED 6342
Addressing the Mathematical Needs of Students
ELE ED 6448
Diagnosis and Remediation of Disabilities in Learning Mathematics
SEC ED 6431
STEM Instruction in Secondary Education
ELE ED 6684
Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading
TCH ED 6880
Leadership in the Teaching of Writing
Total Hours15
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Vanessa Garry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Educator Preparation and Leadership in the COE at the UMSL, St. Louis, Missouri, has K-12 principal and superintendent certification. She received her Ph.D. and Ed.S. degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the UMSL. Dr. Garry teaches graduate students DDDM, leadership for equity, school law, ...