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Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership

9/12/16


Modules begin September 2016, January 2017, and May 2017

This is an online certificate program with significant job-embedded learning.

Individual Tuition$2,250 per module

Teams of three or more$1,995 per team member per module

About the Certificate Program

The CAEL certificate is comprised of four online modules. All participants must complete the Leading Learning module, and can select three of the remaining four offerings. Leading Learning can be taken at any point within the certificate timeline. CAEL is designed to help current and aspiring preK-12 system-level leaders develop a robust understanding of the complexities within educational systems, while honing the leadership skills to create transformational change.

Overview

Dramatic improvement in the education sector is needed to ensure all children — regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, or creed — have the opportunity and support necessary to fulfill their potential as students and citizens. The Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL), based upon the ground-breaking Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program at HGSE, provides education leaders with the skills and approaches to improve their own leadership and to help make that vision a reality.

CAEL is an ideal course of study for those looking to become preK-12 system-level leaders as well as those currently in leadership roles who wish to advance their current professional knowledge. Educators are encouraged to apply as teams. Those who participate as a team are able to increase the impact of their learning across their organization, system, or district. The certificate comprises four 12-week modules, each of which is led by an HGSE faculty member with content that draws from the curriculum of the Ed.L.D. Program. 

The certificate program brings together education professionals from around the world to create a dynamic community of practice. Leveraging the resources of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the collective wisdom and expertise of program colleagues, participants will develop strategies for system-level change that can be implemented both immediately and over the long term.

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Upcoming Modules

Leading for Excellence and Equity | January 29 - April 22, 2017
Driving Change | May 1 - July 22, 2017
Managing Evidence | May 1 - July 22, 2017

Additional dates will be announced soon. 

Once you have completed four of the five modules, Professional Education will send you the Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership. The four modules must be completed within 24 months of beginning the certificate program and can be taken in any order. All participants must complete the Leading Learning module, and can select three of the remaining four offerings. A review of records is completed within three weeks after the close of each module. 

Format and Delivery

Each module takes place over 12 weeks, moving through a cycle of learning, application, performance, and demonstration. Throughout the program, you will engage in a range of activities online, plus exercises carried out in your professional context.

Online activities include:

  • Reading
  • Watching videos
  • Taking short assessments
  • Participating in small-group virtual discussion, virtual discussion sections, and/or smaller self-organized breakout groups
  • Submitting a final project which demonstrates applied learning

The experience is designed to be both rigorous and flexible. The activities are asynchronous, meaning you can choose when within a given week you do them. Each week will require five to seven hours of work, with more guided work during the “learning” weeks (2, 3, 4, and 8) and more job-embedded practice and application during the other weeks of the module. Each participant will have a designated online learning facilitator whom he or she can contact directly for support.

Who Should Attend

CAEL is intended for current leaders in preK-12 school systems, including:

  • Superintendents and district-level administrators
  • Directors of charter management organizations
  • Administrators at state agencies
  • Experienced principals and teachers who aspire to system-level roles
  • Teams of education leaders seeking to strengthen their skills and collaborative capabilities
Faculty Chair

Elizabeth City is lecturer on education and the faculty director of the Doctor of Education Leadership Program at HGSE. City has served as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and consultant. In each role, she focused on helping all children, and the educators who work with them, realize their full potential. She is author of many publications, including Strategy in Action: How School Systems Can Support Powerful Learning and TeachingInstructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning, and Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning.

Enrollment for Individuals

Enrollment Instructions

Step One
You will be asked to provide your personal profile and organizational information.

Step Two
You will be asked to respond to the following questions:

  1. Explain how participation in the program will benefit your work, and describe one or more significant challenges you would like to explore during the program. (250 word limit)
  2. In what ways do you expect your particular skills, experience, and perspective to contribute to group discussions? (250 word limit)
Enrollment for Teams

Enrollment Instructions

Identify Your Team Coordinator

  • Before beginning the application process, you will need to identify a team coordinator.
  • The coordinator will be the primary point of contact during the application process and preparation for the program.
  • The coordinator must participate in the program.

The Application Process

  1. A team application to be completed once by the coordinator.
  2. A team member application to be completed by each member of your team.
  • In order for your team to be considered for review by the admissions committee, each team member will need to complete the team member application. The coordinator will receive a link to the team member application once the team application is complete.
  • Once started, the team application must be completed in a single session. It should take 15–20 minutes to complete.
  • A list of required questions will be provided at the beginning of the team application.
  • When your coordinator is ready to complete the team application, it can be accessed by continuing to the next page.

 

Fees and Policies

Tuition includes all instructional materials. Participants receive a certificate of competency as well as a letter confirming the amount of clock hours awarded per module (60 hours). CAEL does not provide course hour equivalents. 

Payment or a purchase order must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. While a purchase order confirms enrollment, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered. If funds are unable to be processed within these guidelines, a documented payment plan is to be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax, and received two weeks prior to the program start date.

Please click here for more information on our on-campus and online refund and withdrawal policies. If you have any additional questions or concerns about your ability to participate, please contact our admissions team at ppe@gse.harvard.edu or 1-800-545-1849.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

FAQs

Planning Questions

What is the format and work involved in this certificate program?
Each module takes place over 12 weeks, moving through a cycle of learning, application, performance, and demonstration. Throughout the program, you will engage in a range of activities online, plus exercises carried out in your professional context.

Online activities include:

  • Reading
  • Watching videos
  • Taking short assessments
  • Participating in small-group virtual discussion, virtual discussion sections, and/or smaller self-organized breakout groups
  • Submitting a final project which demonstrates applied learning

The experience is designed to be both rigorous and flexible. The activities are asynchronous, meaning you can choose when within a given week you do them. Each week will require five to seven hours of work, with more guided work during the “learning” weeks (2, 3, 4, and 8) and more job-embedded practice and application during the other weeks of the module. Each participant will have a designated online learning facilitator whom he or she can contact directly for support. 

Do I need to take the five modules in a specific sequence? Which module should I start with?
CAEL is designed to support flexibility; you can begin with any module and complete them in any sequence. Participants pursuing the full certificate must complete four of the five CAEL modules, including Leading Learning, within 24 months of beginning the program. Leading Learning, the required module, is the core for certification and can be taken at any point within the certificate timeline. 

I see that multiple modules are scheduled during the same or overlapping dates. Can I take more than one module at a time?
With consideration for the estimated weekly commitment of 5-7 hours and that most CAEL participants are simultaneously working as new or aspiring district/system leaders, we strongly discourage participation in more than one module at the same time.  

Are there on-campus or in-residence opportunities for participants enrolled in CAEL?
CAEL is offered as an exclusively online program and currently does not involve any on-campus participation.

If I am already enrolled in one of the CAEL modules, do I need to apply again in order to enroll in the next module?
Participants will not be required to apply again for subsequent modules and instead will be sent, about a month in advance of the next module, an invitation to be automatically enrolled. The invitation email will include instructions to confirm participation.

Is it possible to participate in these modules from a different country? And from a different system and context?
Participants are not required to to be working in U.S. contexts. CAEL is designed to be inclusive of diverse and international education leaders, and participation across time zones should not impact the learning experience. CAEL is asynchronous; within an agreed-upon time period, learners choose when to access content (video and readings), complete assignments, and report out on job-embedded practice. 

Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL) Credential Questions

What is the certificate that I will receive upon completion of all four modules?
Upon completion of four modules, including Leading Learning, within a 24-month time period, participants will receive via email a PDF certificate with the HGSE shield and signed by the faculty chair.  The certificate will include the participant name and module names and appear similar to a diploma.

Do participants have the option to earn academic credit through CAEL? Can course hour equivalents be provided?
CAEL does not provide academic credit and instead provides a certificate of competency as well as a letter confirming the amount of clock hours awarded per module (60 hours). CAEL does not provide course hour equivalents. 

Could I eventually apply credit that I earn in CAEL toward the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program at HGSE?
While the content of the Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL) is based on the curriculum of the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program at HGSE, it is not considered a replacement for the Ed.L.D. Program and it does not provide academic credit.

Does the CAEL Certificate lead to administrative certification? Does CAEL qualify for my state specific licensure program?

Participants should inquire with the accrediting board/organization of the certification/licensure that they are seeking in order to determine whether participation in CAEL would meet their criteria. CAEL has not currently sought approval from specific certification and licensure programs.

Does completion of this program grant alumni status?
Participants in professional education programs are not considered alumni of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  


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