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Executive Leadership Certificate

Executive Leadership Certificate

Executive Leadership Certificate

The Executive Leadership certificate is designed to prepare aspiring leaders to assume roles as presidents, superintendents and other higher-education or district-level executives with leadership roles and responsibilities. Students will consider the implications of current issues in public and higher education by asking how each may impact the leader’s ability to ensure equity, build capacity, and foster community within an organization committed to high levels of learning for all. This global perspective will accentuate the skill set needed for future leaders.

Certificate Structure

The certificate consists of four graduate-level courses, totaling 12 credit hours, and may be earned in one year. Each hybrid course includes a course-embedded internship. The first three courses may be applied towards the certificate or to the Executive Leadership concentration in the EdD degree in the School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. All four courses qualify you for the PLACE Administrator exam (application required, see below). The preferred sequence of courses is listed in the table below but they may be taken in any order. 

Certificate Format

Hybrid (online and face-to-face)

Application Requirements

If you are seeking an institutional recommendation for the Administrator License, we welcome applications from professionals across Colorado who have a master's degree and a minimum of five years of leadership experience in education. Please review the application requirements for the Administrator License recommendation, and please note that you will need to complete a portfolio for the license.  For more information, contact us​


All courses are three graduate credit hours. Tuition is $373/credit, plus student fees.

Related Degree Programs

EdD, Executive Leadership concentration

Courses Term Offered
EDUC 7500: Strategic Human Capital Development
This course focuses on understanding and leveraging the personnel function of an educational organization. You will learn how to strategically align and maximize your human capital with organizational strategic objectives.
Fall ( Aug-Nov)
EDUC 7510: Strategic Organizational Management 
An effective partnership between the board, community and institutional leader is essential to the mission of an educational organization. This course examines the importance of strategic visioning, strategic planning, and specific communication strategies.

Fall (Sept-Dec)
EDUC 7520: Strategic System Improvement
The fundamental purpose of educational organizations (schools, districts, community colleges, higher education, non-profits) is to ensure high levels of learning for all. This course addresses topics such as data development and management, accountability, curriculum assessment and instruction, continuous improvement, and professional learning.
Spring (Jan-April)
EDUC 7530: Leadership Development
Successful leaders are able to articulate, protect and promote what is important. This course will examine the challenges of educational leadership and help participants clarify the core values essential to their success as a leader.
Spring (Jan-April)

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