Among the greatest challenges in the United States today is the need to create more equitable, antiracist schools. The failure to provide effective education to all of our children-regardless of racial, cultural, economic, and linguistic background-widens the gap between those who thrive and those who struggle and fail in society. This certificate includes not only the required content and knowledge for education leaders, but also the antiracism mindset shift that we believe is necessary to dismantle racist practices and policies in classrooms, schools, and districts.
American University's certificate program will offer a new, 18-credit post-masters graduate certificate in Administration and School Leadership (ASL), with a focus on antiracism leadership. The new executive-style program will be offered in different formats (including summer courses, weekends, weeklong) to meet the needs of working professionals. Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will be eligible for state leadership certification in Washington D.C, Maryland and Virginia.
The ASL program brings students and faculty together to analyze current education programs and policies across PK-12 education. Within the program:
- Course instructors who will be working with the Antiracist Research and Policy Center and are guided by the work of Dr. Ibram Kendi’s framework for antiracism.
Open to individuals with a master's degree or currently working on a master's degree from an accredited institution; certification as a teacher or education professional (e.g., counselor, psychologist), and at least two years of school-based teaching, instructional leadership or pupil services experience. Substitute teaching experience does not apply.
The certificate requires the completion of 18 credits:
- 18 credit hours of approved coursework. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.00 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in three years.
- Graduate students who are enrolled in a master's program at American University and are simultaneously enrolled in the graduate certificate, may be able to share up to 9 credit hours of coursework with the approval of the program advisor.
Please see below for the ASL course list:
- EDU-631 Educational Leadership and Organizational Change (3)
- EDU-636 Education Law and Policy (3)
- EDU-683 Curriculum Design for the Classroom (3)
- EDU-687 Instructional Leadership and Teacher Support (3)
- EDU-691 Internship (1-6) (3 credits required)
- EDU-694 School Improvement, Organization and Administration (3)