If you already have an Alabama Class A certificate in a teaching field and want to be a school principal, this graduate certificate is for you. We prepare instructional administrators and leaders in a K-12 setting. In just 21 credit hours, you will focus on collaboration, student learning, and achievement. Using a cohort format co-taught by experienced leaders and university faculty, you will engage in a sequential, developmental, and comprehensive preparation program. We offer regular opportunities to integrate theory and practice.

Instructional Leadership certificate students are admitted on a rolling basis each semester. Applicants should submit completed application packets before March 1 for summer admission, May 1 for fall admission, or October 1 for spring admission. Applications past the deadline will be considered if space allows or in consultation with program faculty.

Certificate Overview


The coursework for this certificate is prescribed so that you are able to apply for Class A Administrative certification in the state of Alabama. Courses include topics such as:

  • Action Research & Data Analysis

  • Leadership and the Learning Organization

  • Planning and Continuous Improvement

  • Instructional & Curricular Leadership

  • Educational Finance & Resource Management

  • Supervision & Personnel Issues in Education

  • Multiprofessional Leadership for Equity

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Ellen Hahn, Program Coordinator

Administrative Certification

You need to know

  • Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certificate required for admission.

  • The Instructional Leadership certificate leads to Alabama Class A Instructional Leadership Certificate.

  • You must earn a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II test.

  • Contact the Certification Officer for a teacher education application.

Ready to join the Auburn Family?

Visit Auburn’s Graduate School homepage for checklists, resources, valuable graduate student information and to begin your application. Please contact department faculty listed above with program-specific questions.

Last updated: 06/13/2024