About this Program

The purpose of this certificate is to prepare educators as teacher leaders in school settings. Graduates of this program will have training in how to mentor and coach teacher candidates, novice, and experienced teachers; operate as curriculum leaders at the school and division level; provide effective professional development and participate/lead professional learning communities; empower stakeholders and advocate for/participate in educational improvement.

Program Highlights

  • For both degree program and non-degree graduate-level students.

  • Courses taught asynchronously online in a cohort model.

  • A relevant curriculum taught by PhD prepared faculty with classroom experience.

  • Develop knowledge and skills of teacher leadership that can be immediately translated to school environments.


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

$103,010 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of kindergarten, elementary, or secondary schools.

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$60,830 Median Salary

Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Instructional Coordinators

$66,680 Median Salary

Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$62,860 Median Salary

Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.


What are the requirements to apply for Teacher Leadership at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Teacher Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

Complete an application as a non-degree graduate student for the graduate certificate in teacher leadership. Applications are due by March 1st with decisions made by April 15th each year.  Before completing an application for the Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership, you are encourage to meet with the program coordinator to discuss application and enrollment guidelines. If you are a current   School divisions interested in creating a standalone asynchronous cohort for their teachers or in an alternative format (hybrid, face-to-face, site-based) are encouraged to contact the program coordinator to discuss programming options.  To be admitted in the program, you must:

  • Submit a completed online application and pay an application fee  

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university 

  • Hold a valid Virginia professional teaching license or an equivalent from another state 

  • Have successfully completed three years of teaching in private or public school  

  • Submit official copies of all transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework and degrees to Graduate Admissions  

  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a school or division administrator noting support for enrollment in the certificate program 

  • Submit a written essay (approximately 500 words) describing their interest in teacher leadership and their recent experiences as a teacher leader     


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

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