Become an Innovative Leader in Education

The Graduate Certificate in Contemporary School Leadership from City University of Seattle provides up-to-date research and technology skills to educators. Through a variety of mentored learning experiences, you’ll gain a valuable edge in contemporary school leadership issues, leadership in educational reform, excellence in instruction and supervision, and implementation of digital tools.You may choose to complete the educational leadership certificate online or through a mix of in-class and online learning. In-person field experiences include job shadowing, interviews, and classroom observations.

As a graduate of the contemporary school leadership program, you’ll be able to lead strategically in a variety of settings. Use your new expertise to make a meaningful impact in your current position, or apply your certificate toward a full degree program.

Credits earned in this program can be applied toward our Master of Education in Leadership. This program is available in online and mixed-mode formats.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the graduate certificate in educational leadership online program, you’ll learn:

  • The research process, including practical action research
  • Professional development, reflection, and certification standards to foster a positive school climate that results in improved outcomes for all students
  • Technology literacy and applications in order to find, evaluate, and apply information to inform and improve student learning and teacher pedagogy
  • Leadership in an educational/school setting

Total Required Credits (15 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

EEA 512 Academic Inquiry and Action Research (3)

EEA 516 Professional Growth, Assessment, and Practicum (3)

EEA 519 School Climate and Culture (3)

EEA 520 Technology for School Leaders (3)

EEA 521 Educational Leadership (3)

A Graduate Certificate in Contemporary School Leadership will give you a leading-edge education and the skills needed to take on a leadership role in education. This online certificate program will prepare you for a variety of management and leadership roles, including:

  • Department director
  • School board member
  • Education policy maker

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.