Innovative Instructional Leadership students in the courtyard at WSU.

Certificate in Innovative Instructional Leadership

According to a recent study among Southeastern Minnesota teachers, nearly 92% of teachers feel the need for further support as the instructional paradigms continue to shift. Winona State University's College of Education has embodied the Certificate in Innovative Instructional Leadership to assist teachers and instructors at all levels to become more facile with innovated instructional practices. 

To meet the needs of individual students and adequately prepare them for the future requires innovative instructional leaders who find was to improve traditional classroom and school paradigms. 

This is achieved using a variety of instructional tools and instructing the whole child taking into consideration the needs of today's students regarding mental health, engagement, and cultural literacy and relevance. Instructional design is a key component to developing an engaging learning experience. This certificate stimulates thinking about instructional possibilities for teachers and educational leaders providing innovative instructional practices, providing guidance and hands-on-experience in using emerging technologies and pedagogical concepts as a means to instructional improvement. The courses of this certificate qualify as electives in the Education Leadership emphasis for a Master's Degree.


Certificate Objectives

  • Develop, deliver, and assess traditional and emerging learning environments (assessments, projects, and activities) focused on standards-based learning goals to accommodate the diverse academic needs of students in a variety of settings.
  • Explore digital-age communication and collaboration tools to develop and expand educator's personal learning networks and provide diverse culturally relevant experiences for their learners while fostering digital literacy and 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 issues facing students and schools today.

This 12-credit Certificate requires four courses, which are designed to be taken in sequential order.  Each course is primarily asynchronous with optional synchronous sessions.

EL 651: 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)                        

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