Online Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership

Online Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership

The online Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership develops leadership knowledge and skills to mentor new teachers, contribute to the school district’s overall success, and increase teacher retention. This program also prepares rural educators to integrate technology effectively into their classrooms.

This certificate can also lead to an M.Ed. in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction.


Our curriculum provides professional development while strengthening teacher impact and voice. Each course emphasizes leadership development in rural contexts and communities.

Required Courses

The following courses are required (12 credits):

  • EHD 544: Mentoring, Supervision, and Teacher Development (3 credits) Fall
  • EHD 545: Educational Theory (3 credits) Summer
  • EHD 546: Teacher Leadership in Schools and Communities (3 credits) Spring
  • EHD 547: Technology and Teacher Leadership (3 credits) Spring



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • Current experience teaching in a K-12 classroom (this program does NOT lead to certification)

Application Materials

We have rolling admissions, so you can apply and be accepted into the program anytime. When you are ready to apply, please first review the application instructions. Then submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Copy of current teaching certificate or endorsement
  • 300-500 word essay based on the following prompt
  • Current resume or CV

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Contact Us

Have questions about earning your Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Senior Advisor, at 207.581.3452 or at

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The definition of teacher leadership has evolved to embrace actions and behaviors that influence the community outside the classroom, from participation in learning communities and contributions to curricular improvements and school-wide policy to improvements in school culture and education policy. 

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