Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Certificate

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Certificate
CERTIFICATIONS FOR COLORADO PRINCIPAL LICENSURE

If you want to become a school principal or district leader, this is the place to start. Our Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program (ELPS) offers cohort models that lead to Certification for Colorado principal licensure. The Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS) and the Ritchie Program for School Leaders (Ritchie) cohort models immerse you in reflective, experiential, competency-based learning experiences that prepare you to effectively lead schools.

All cohort models offer content that is individualized to your needs and includes a school-based internship integrated into your coursework. As an aspiring leader, you will learn to identify the unique needs of struggling schools, develop solutions, and implement lasting change. Turnaround leadership education is infused into the program to help aspiring leaders drive lasting change. The cohorts develop strong learning communities and professional networks and are supported by a field mentor.

The certificate program consists of four quarters of coursework, which typically begin and end in June. Expect to spend about 20 hours a week on leadership projects and coursework. Learning formats include in-person sessions, inquiry projects, self-assessments, and various online activities.

Certificate programs provide substantial education in a specific academic discipline or on a coherent and freestanding body of knowledge. The certificate issued at the completion of the program represents the achievement of competence in a well-defined area of study. Academic certificates require a minimum of 24 quarter hours or 16 semester hours of credit.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at http://www.du.edu/learn/certificates/disclosure/elp.html

Program Requirements

Program requirements vary based on the cohort model (see below). Program completion leads to Certification for Colorado Principal Licensure.

Denver Public Schools - Ritchie Program for School Leaders and Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS)

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program at the Morgridge College of Education offers a blending of the Ritchie Program for School Leaders and the Executive Leadership for Successful Schools – Ritchie ELSS – for DPS educators. This program immerses students in graduate-level coursework, the DPS School Leadership Framework and project-based learning that prepares them for school leadership positions upon program completion (Spring 2018). The student experience is customized to individual needs and the needs of the school.

Content is individualized to the leadership needs of the aspiring leader and the needs of the school. The cohort consists of in-person sessions and online components facilitated by a team of DU faculty and DPS leaders and supported by the Lead in Denver team. The certificate program is completed within one academic year (30-32 credit hours over 4 quarters) and can be combined with 15 additional credit hours for a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (45-47 credit hours over 7 quarters).

The internship model ranges from a full-time leadership intern to an internship integrated with position. All applicants will apply to Ritchie-Denver and the internship will be negotiated with the district.

Internship Options

DPS offers a paid full-time internship in a Lead in Denver approved host school and accepted students participate in a process to match them with a mentor principal. Students can also engage in an integrated internship and remain in their current position. Both options are aligned with the DPS School Leadership Framework and include support from a DPS principal who serves as a mentor for the student’s work.

Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS)

The Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS) cohort model is open to educators across the state of Colorado and nationally. There are a variety of cohort options for ELSS – Denver Metro area and Colorado Springs (DU Main Campus), district partnership (Aurora Public Schools and Denver Public Schools), Western Slope and Central Mountain Region (Mountain) and Teach For America Alumna (TFA).

  • 30 credit-hour, blended online delivery model
    •  1–3 in-person Saturday sessions per quarter and weekly online interactions within a cohort
  •   300-hour, project-based internship integrated with coursework and supported by a mentor principal
  • A choice of five cohort options:
    • Aurora Public Schools (APS): Serves educators working in the Aurora Public School district.
    • Denver Public Schools (DPS): Serves educators working in the Denver Public School district.
    • DU Main Campus: Composed of educators from a variety of districts across the state. Open to all aspiring leaders seeking a Colorado principal license.
    • Mountain: Serves educators in the Western Slope and Central Mountain region of Colorado.
    • Teach For America (TFA): For TFA alumni in Colorado and across the United States.
    • NOTE: The DU Main Campus cohort is open to applicants from any district or educational setting (private, charter, etc.) and applicants who are not currently working in an educational setting. The partnership cohorts (APS, DPS, Mountain, and TFA) are designed for applicants who work within those specific settings.

Adams County - Ritchie Program for School Leaders

The Adams County Ritchie Program for School Leaders cohort model is a district partnership model that is only available to educators within Adams County School Districts.

  • 32 credit-hour, in-person district partnership model
    • 30 weekly sessions during the academic year and 6 full-day sessions (including a 3-day retreat) over the summer quarter
  • 300-hour, project-based internship integrated with coursework and supported by a mentor principal
    • District partners offers release time opportunities
  • Cohort option:
    • Adams County Schools (anchored in Adams 12 Five Star Schools)
    • When applying for a cohort, select “masters” as your academic level on the application. Applications are continuously reviewed until all cohorts are filled.
Certifications

You will be eligible to apply for the Colorado Initial Principal License through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

Approximate Completion Time

One year

NOTE: Upon completion of a certificate, you can take an additional four courses (15 credits)and successfully complete an Action Research Capstone Project to earn a master’s degree in ELPS.

Contacts

Department Chair
Dr. Susan Korach
303-871-2212, KRH 356
skorach@du.edu

Academic Services Associate
Nick Heckart
303-871-2747, KRH 358
Nick.Heckart@du.edu

Admissions Contact
303-871-2509, KRH 110
mce@du.edu
Office Hours: By appointment only

Additional Information

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