Independent & Charter School Leadership Certificate

Program Description

This program will prepare students for the numerous roles and responsibilities of school administration at independent and charter schools. The Independent and Charter School Certificate provides an opportunity for students to engage in field-based experiential learning activities related to independent and charter school leadership. Courses focus on financial management, strategic planning, institutional advancement, governance, operations, and infrastructures. The program concludes with a capstone project based on real-world, job-embedded field-based needs of independent and charter schools. This is a 12-hour certificate program and can be completed in as few as 2 semesters.

Program of Study: 12 Hours

  1. EDL 7800 – Financial Management and Leadership in Independent and Charter Schools
  2. EDL 7801 – Institutional Advancement in Independent and Charter School
  3. EDL 7802 – Operational Management and Infrastructures for Independent & Charter Schools
  4. EDL 7780 – Practicum in Educational Leadership

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Employment role in an organization providing educational services
  • 2.75 GPA in bachelor's degree coursework or most recent graduate degree
  • Professionally qualified supervisor to serve as a mentor during the program
  • GRE or MAT required
  • Transcripts from each college attended
  • 2 Years of Teaching Experience
  • Professional Resume
  • Reference and Mentor Forms (online)
  • GACE Ethics Entry Exam (must pass)

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Educational Leadership at (770) 423-6888 or email