Earn the Advanced Certificate in School Leadership for Excellence and Equity
from The National Center for Urban School Transformation
& San Diego State University’s World Campus
This program was developed, in part, with the support of the Wallace Foundation.
WHAT IT IS
WHAT IT IS
This program is exclusively for school leaders (principals, assistant principals, and school directors). The program prepares school leaders to apply for and earn NCUST’s Advanced Certificate in School Leadership for Excellence and Equity. To earn the Advanced Certificate each candidate must demonstrate, through measurable evidence, that they have advanced equity and excellence in the school they lead.
The program is based on research about effective school-level leadership and NCUST’s extensive study of urban schools that achieve excellent and equitable learning results.
The program includes five courses (delivered primarily online) over a 12-month period. In the first course, participants will establish an “Equity and Excellence Project” grounded in data related to their school. Each course will support school leaders in pursuing their project in a way that generates improvements in school culture, curriculum, and instruction that lead to substantial movement toward equity and excellence in their school.
Each course features specific school-level leadership tasks. The leadership tasks will challenge school leaders to provide inspiring, meaningful, and productive support and guidance in ways that maximize the likelihood that their Equity and Excellence Project will generate measurable evidence of movement toward equity and excellence.
During each course, each participant will receive up to three one-on-one personalized video-coaching sessions with an NCUST Executive Coach.
Each course will include opportunities to engage with school leaders who influenced the success of schools that achieved remarkable results for every demographic group served.
Completion of the five courses WILL NOT automatically result in the acquisition of NCUST’s Advanced Certificate in School Leadership. NCUST and the SDSU World Campus will grant the Advanced Certificate when NCUST (in collaboration with a panel of outstanding school leaders) determines that the participant’s Equity and Excellence Project has generated substantial movement toward equity and excellence in the participant’s school.
WHAT IT ISN'T
This is NOT a program to credential or certify new school leaders.
This is NOT a program that results in the attainment of a certificate based on “seat time” or the completion of courses.
This is NOT a traditional program that requires academic papers or tests. Instead, it requires participants to engage in practical leadership tasks designed to promote excellence and equity in their schools.