Education Specialist in Instructional Leadership
University of West Alabama

Program Details

The University of West Alabama offers an online Education Specialist in Instructional Leadership. This program provides coursework and high quality education on issues relating to instructional programs and designing and leading them. Fully online, this program gives students an option to gain innovative practices and techniques to take into their workplace.


  • Criminal history background check
  • Valid Class A Professional Leadership Certificate or valid Class A Professional Educator Certificate in Instructional Leadership or one of the other Class A leadership certificate designations
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Hold a valid Class A Professional Educator Certificate in Instructional Leadership or a valid Class A Professional Leadership Certificate earned after completing a redesigned program at an Alabama university
    • Be currently serving as a superintendent, assistant or associate superintendent, assistant to the superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor (any subject and/or grade level), administrator of career and technical education, coordinator, or evaluator
    • Document three years of employment in an instructional leadership position for which one of the certificates in Rule 290-3-3-.53.01(2)(b) is proper certification according to the current edition of the Subject and Personnel Codes of the Alabama State Department of Education
    • Demonstrate each of the abilities in the Class A Instructional Leadership standards prior to admission to the Class AA Instructional Leadership program or prior to completion of the Class AA Instructional Leadership program
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Most recent performance appraisals
  • Evidence of ability to lead student achievement
  • Evidence of leadership and management potential
  • Reasons for pursuing the Class AA certificate in Instructional Leadership
  • Copy of valid Class A teaching certificate
  • Resume
  • Copy of EXP form Interview

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Geographic Restrictions

This program includes AL teaching certification. Students living/teaching outside of AL should consult their state's certification requirements.