Teacher Leader Graduate Certificate

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About the Program

Our work envisions an education system in which teachers fill specialized leadership roles. Teachers in these positions can support and inform school leaders, creating a culture of success that can reverberate across their districts and beyond.
(Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium)

The Teacher Leader Graduate Certificate prepares teachers and other educators to lead classroom, school and district improvement through a range of leadership roles. Examples of these roles include grade level chair, resource teacher, peer coach, mentor teacher, and department educational specialist. Teachers learn to collaborate with other educators to ensure all students achieve their maximum potentials!

The 18-credit Teacher Leader Certificate is a collaboration between the Department of Curriculum Studies and the Department of Educational Foundations. The Aloha Kumu program currently offers this Certificate. Approval as a graduate certificate is expected soon!

Online cohorts will begin Summer 2017. Based on the Teacher Leader Model Standards, graduates may apply the Teacher Leader Graduate Certificate toward the MEd in either Curriculum Studies or Educational Foundations. These 30-credit degree programs are approved to add the field, Teacher Leader, to a Hawaiʻi Standard or Advanced Teaching License.

Delivery Options for Online Cohort

  • Accommodates candidates who are employed
  • Classes taught online with possible synchronous online sessions, via interactive web-based course delivery (Blackboard Collaborate & Laulima)
  • It is strongly recommended that computer resources are available in the student’s home or at a location that has consistent/adequate internet service and is free from distractions.

The Teacher Leader program will be completely online, except for an orientation during the first summer and one celebration day in the second summer. Students who are not on Oʻahu will receive up to $200 stipends to cover travel costs for both trips. Non-residents of Hawaiʻi may attend the celebration day online.  The nature of this mostly online program requires a moderate amount of computer literacy and comfort. It also requires self-discipline to maintain the pace of the course between classes. If you are unsure of your comfort in working online or your ability to maintain progress, consult an advisor prior to applying.


  • 2 years of K-12 teaching experience by program start date,
  • Access to groups of students needed to complete some applied projects, and
  • Access to a computer (Windows 7 or later; or Macintosh OSX 10.8 or later; or a current Linux); Office productivity suite software (i.e. MS Office, LibreOffice), printer, and an Internet connection


Cohorts begin annually during Summer semester. Each cohort will span one academic year, plus the preceding and following summers (i.e., Summer 1, Fall, Spring, Summer 2).


  • EDCS 622 Curriculum Leadership (3)
  • EDCS 607 New Literacies Leadership (3)
  • EDCS/EDEF 630 Cultural Diversity and Education (3)
  • EDCS 640 Seminar or EDEF 652 History of Education in Hawai‘i (3)
  • EDEF/EDEA 675 Introduction to Educational Policy Studies or EDEF 667C Leadership and Governance in Education (3)
  • EDCS 640 Seminar, EDCS 642 (G) Seminar in Diversity Issues, or EDEF 649 Field Studies in Educational Foundations (3)

Plus, Professional Teaching Portfolio, or other capstone project

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