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Learning Communities and Leadership

Program Details

The Learning Communities and Leadership certificate at Minnesota State University-Mankato is ideal for students wishing to develop an expertise in leading within various learning communities without wishing to earn a full master’s degree.  The program is aimed at current teachers who want to increase classroom performance.  Students can gain leadership skills in this specific area and thus earn their certificate by taking three courses from the Educational Studies:  K-12 and Secondary department.  This program is fully online and is designed for busy individuals to complete on their own time at their own pace while maintaining a full-time job.  

The courses are research-based and standards-aligned, and are intended to respond to the current needs within the educational system.  There are three courses involved in the certificate.   In the class Professional Teacher, Leader, Scholar, students will examine the role of teachers as leaders and scholars as they analyze professional standards and theories.  Leading Professional Communities allows students to develop and maintain learning communities by assessing learning stages and other elements.  Finally, Problem Based Learning teaches about cooperative and collaborative learning communities and their role in addressing modern issues.

A certificate typically takes a year to complete as classes are not always offered each semester.  Students can also take single classes in order to increase their skills in a certain area.  Once a certificate is earned, students may decide to continue onto a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning, which requires eight additional courses as well as a final paper, project, or thesis.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission