Certification in Instructional Leadership

Certificate in Instructional Leadership

Course Description

The Certificate in Service-Learning Instructional Leadership course is designed for individuals passionate about the benefits and engagement of students in service-learning and supports organizations seeking to build the capacity of staff to lead within their school or organization.

The implementation of service-learning requires instructional leadership at the school and community level to promote highly-effective practices. Through this certification program, educators and community leaders gain foundational knowledge and the essential tools to inspire and prepare themselves and others to tap into the power of service-learning. 

Through a cohort model, participants are immersed in the pedagogy, process, research, and planning through hands-on experiences and are prepared to serve as an instructional leader within their school or organization. The programs’ combination of content related to both service-learning and instructional leadership makes it unique in its offerings and applicable to school leaders, community programs, curriculum coordinators, counselors, teachers, and youth workers. 


Required Courses

Each course is four days with 4 hours of synchronous instruction each day for a total of 64 course hours. The cost of the Certificate in Service-Learning Instructional Leadership is $1,600 ($400/course).

Course 1: SL Pedagogy and Process (4-days, 4 hours each day)

  • Gain understanding of service-learning as a teaching and learning strate
  • Learn how service-learning correlated with civics, career education, and social-emotional learning
  • Explore process for high quality service-learning experiences
  • Build knowledge base of outcomes related research on service-learning

View course syllabus

Course 2: Measurements of Quality Practice in Service Learning (4-days, 4 hours each day)

  • Explore standards for quality practice in service-learning 
  • Understand formative and summative assessment methods to use in service-learning
  • Reflect on school/community use of service-learning through use of evaluation tools 


Course 3: Foundations of Instructional Leadership (4-days, 4 hours each day)  

  • Evaluate skills and traits of instructional leaders
  • Gain understanding of theories in leadership
  • Explore approaches to instructional and organizational leadership
  • Build skills in communications, problem solving, reflection, and program planning

Course 4: Instructional Leadership in Service Learning (4-days, 4 hours each day)

  • Engage in diverse instructional leadership strategies
  • Explore professional learning topics and agendas related to service-learning 
  • Practice and reflect on instructional leadership experiences in service-learning
  • Plan for future opportunities to serve as instructional leader and provide professional learning experiences to educators in your community


Application & Start Date

Fall2020 Cohort, Course 1: Service-Learning Pedagogy & Process Dates & Times

Monday, October 5, 2020 (2:00 PST, 4:00 CST, 5:00 EST - 4 hours)

Saturday, October 10, 2020 (9:00 PST, 11:00 CST, 12:00 EST - 4 hours)

Monday, October 19, 2020  (2:00 PST, 4:00 CST, 5:00 EST - 4 hours)

Saturday, October 24 2020 (9:00 PST, 11:00 CST, 12:00 EST -  4 hours)

*Winter, spring, and summer dates and times will be selected by the cohort.


Apply for the Fall2020 Cohort Today

Applications are due by October 1, 2020 or until the cohort is full.

*A cohort consists of a minimum of 10 participants but no more than 25.


Payments and Cancellations

Payment is due after acceptance into the program and prior to course start date. Payments can be done per course ($400) or for the entire program ($1,600). Scholarships are available to those who quality. To request scholarship information, check the box on the application.

Requests for withdrawal from the course will be accepted up to 30 days prior to the cohort start date with full refund (minus processing fees). Refunds will not be provided to participants who withdrawal within 30 days of start date. NYLC will work with participants to apply cost of program towards future dates or events.

Need more information? Email info@nylc.org