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Instructional Leadership

Program Details

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.


  • 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.

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.