Create Impactful Change in the Lives of Students and Educators

City University of Seattle offers a Graduate Certificate in Transformational School Leadership for educators who want to increase student success through environments conducive to learning. With a mix of coursework and field experience, you’ll gain vital knowledge and skills needed to help struggling schools or programs flourish.

Courses are available both online and in mixed-mode formats, so you can complete your certificate in the way that works best for your schedule.

Develop skills as a change agent by enrolling in CityU’s long-standing Albright School of Education. The 18-credit transformational school leadership graduate certificate is perfect for those who want to make impactful change by contributing to the lives of both students and educators.This program is also a great starting point for those who wish to earn an MEd in Educational Leadership or complete requirements for residency certification as a principal or program administrator. This certificate can be completed in two years or less. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university to apply to this graduate-level certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Transformational School Leadership Graduate Certificate program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Select and retain highly effective educators
  • Manage change and transition inside the education sector you lead
  • Resolve conflict and facilitate collaboration
  • Promote educational reform
  • Supervise an ethical, inclusive instructional model

EEA 514

Current and Historical Educational Perspectives (3)

In this course, candidates examine the philosophical, historical, political, and sociological foundations of education and the impact of these interrelated dynamics on current instructional decisions and practices. Candidates investigate some aspect of each of these foundations and relate it to professional practice. Candidates analyze educational practice from a variety of perspectives and consider communication with diverse audiences.

EEA 526

Change Management (3)

This course prepares candidates to become facilitators of change management through continuous school improvement. Candidates study and experience practical strategies for managing change processes associated with continuous school improvement including assessing and analyzing student achievement data, creating collaborative school cultures, and designing change initiative action plans. Candidates build a School Leader's Toolbox equipped with research-based strategies.

EEA 527

Human Resource Management in Education (3)

This course addresses the knowledge and skills of personnel management in schools and school systems. Topics include human resource management systems in employee recruitment, performance appraisal, staff and program assessment, the supervision and the professional development of certificated and classified employees, separation, and the development and supervision of volunteers and partners. Candidates apply law, regulations, and best practices in human resource management.

EEA 533

Supervision of Instruction (3)

In this course, candidates develop leadership skills in instructional supervision processes central to school improvement and positive impact on student learning. Candidates examine what exemplary school leaders do to create: a vision for success; a focus on teaching and learning; a continuous shared decision-making process that involves all stakeholders; and a code of ethics that develops and sustains a climate of trust and the protection of the rights of all students, families, and staff. Candidates evaluate a school and/or school system improvement process and become familiar with research-based strategies for increasing student achievement, data-driven backward-design curriculum processes, shared site-based decision-making, and pathways for promoting the achievement of all members of the learning community.

EEA 642

Leadership Internship II (3)

The leadership internship is a mentored, integrated, sequential field experience planned by the student, the university field supervisor, and district mentor. The internship involves applying theory to the real life of the school while learning the school principal's and other school leaders' roles and responsibilities. Each internship is mentored by skilled professionals and practitioners in the field. The internship requires a log of the student's experiences with reflections and a professional portfolio of the student's experience. The minimum number of hours of internship practice over the courses is 280 plus the pre-internship field/practicum experiences in counselling (120 hours). During the course of the total internships, students conduct a research project. Each internship is accompanied by a one-day seminar, which is a guided reflection on the student's learning. In the final seminar, students present their research projects for peer and faculty review and feedback.

This program is designed for individuals who have a strong desire to implement positive changes in the world of education. Creating an environment that helps all learners succeed is crucial to future generations.The transformational school leadership program will prepare you for a variety of management and leadership roles in education, such as:

  • Principal
  • Program director
  • Teacher
  • Consultant
  • Dean
  • Associate dean
  • Human resources director

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.