Program Overview

The University of West Alabama offers a certification in Instructional Leadership. This certificate can be obtained entirely online and after the completion of 30 credit hours.

All students seeking certification are required to complete a general survey course in Special Education (3 semester hours). A research component including research and/or field work will be an integral part of all specialist programs in education.

In order to be admitted into the program, candidates must meet all requirements for admission to the UWA School of Graduate Studies such as undergo a criminal history background check, and hold an Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certificate in Instructional Leadership or one of the other Class A leadership certificate designations.

All candidates must submit a portfolio that includes 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 Alabama Class AA certificate in Instructional Leadership, and pass an interview conducted by a program admission committee that includes both P-12 instructional leaders and instructional leadership faculty.

Once admitted, the following requirements must be met prior to completion of the sixth-year Class AA Instructional Leadership program. Students must complete all required courses, maintain a 3.25 grade point average in all program courses with no grade less than "C", and have a passing score on the Livetext Comprehensive Portfolio Assessment which comprehensively assesses all program standards as listed in the Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    All teacher certification programs are accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.


    • All candidates must undergo a criminal history background check.
    • All candidates must hold an Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certificate in Instructional Leadership or one of the other Class A leadership certificate designations [Instructional Leader, Principal, Superintendent, Superintendent-Principal, Educational Administrator, Supervisor (any subject and/or grade level), Administrator of Career and Technical Education] from the Alabama State Department of Education.

    School Overview

    The University of West Alabama, also known as UWA, is a public university that is situated on a rural, 600 acre campus in Livingston, Alabama. UWA was established in 1835 as a church-affiliated female school known as the Livingston Female Academy. UWA was founded by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, and its purpose was to provide an education to future teachers while also offering classes in music, art, home economics and languages. The name of the institution changed to the Alabama Normal College for Girls and Livingston Female Academy in 1883, and offered students the choice of either two or four year academic programs.  In 1929, the college was renamed the Livingston State Teachers College, and became Livingston State College in 1957, Livingston University in 1967 and received its current name, The University of West Alabama, in 1995.

    UWA offers bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees through the following academic divisions:

    • College of Business and Technology
    • College of Education
    • College of Liberal Arts
    • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • Division of Nursing
    • School of Graduate Studies

    The online program at UWA offers master’s and education specialist degrees, and also offers bachelor's degrees in business technology, business administration, and accounting. Online courses are offered over the time frame of eight weeks, and five sessions are available per year, which makes it possible for students to finish their program in an accelerated manner.


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