Innovative Instructional Leadership students in the courtyard at WSU.

Innovative Instructional Leadership

To meet the needs of individual students and adequately prepare them for the future requires innovative instructional leaders who find ways to improve traditional classroom and school paradigms. This certificate will provide educators with opportunities to learn, apply, and assess various student-centered instructional approaches utilizing existing and emerging digital technologies. Participants will also develop change leadership skills to support local and global communities. The courses of this certificate qualify as electives in the Education Leadership Master’s Degree.

Certificate Objectives

  • Develop, deliver and assess online learning experiences (assessments, projects and activities) focused on standards-based learning goals to accommodate the diverse academic needs of students anytime, anywhere and at any pace.
  • Explore digital-age communication and collaboration tools to develop and expand educator's personal learning networks and provide global learning experiences for their learners while fostering digital citizenship.
  • Examine strategies and techniques to motivate and foster a growth mindset culture and empower self-directed learners.
  • Evaluate student-centered pedagogies, design applied real-world learning experiences and provide opportunities for learners to present their work to an authentic audience.
  • Engage as leaders in local and global communities to collaboratively create and share solutions to real world problems facing classrooms and schools today.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities that have any financial aid eligible programs that "prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation" to disclose certain information, such as program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; and the number of students who have completed the program.

A Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Innovative Instructional Leadership program is provided.

This 15-credit Certificate requires five courses, which are designed to be taken in sequential order.  Each course is predominately online and supplemented with two (2) face to face class sessions.

EL 651  Blended Learning Environments (3 credits)
EL 656  Connected Educator, Connected Classroom (3 credits)
EL 657  Mindset, Motivation, and Self-Directed Learning (3 credits)
EL 658  Real World Learning Design  (3 credits)                       
EL 659  Innovative Instructional Leadership  (3 credits) 

A detailed description of the courses and additional information about the Innovative Instructional Leadership program can be found in the course catalog.