Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement (CEII)

UMD School Improvement Leadership Certificate

The UMD School Improvement Leadership Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) is a 18-credit graduate program which leads to Maryland Administrator I certification.  This fully on-line program provides a part-time, state-wide cohort-based professional learning experience which supports teacher leaders who aspire to become school leaders in meeting the requirements for state certification. 

To learn more about the UMD PBC in School Administrator 1, please see this overview  or download and watch this pre-recorded webinar on our program.



UMD will be accepting applicants for its next cohort in spring 2023, to start summer 2023.  Please check back in early January (2023) for details about the next application timeline.

Please be in touch with Dr. Jean Snell, Program Coordinator, for more information about becoming a member of the next cohort at:  

Program Features

  • 3-semester (+summer) cohort program = 16 months from start to completion
  • 5-course leadership development sequence, including leadership for continuous improvement, instructional leadership, family and community engagement, and school operations management
  • Integration of the tools of Improvement Science throughout coursework, including Problem of Practice, Fishbone Diagram, and Driver Diagram 
  • 6-month supervised Internship, w/faculty advisor
  • Emphasis on equity-driven leadership throughout program
  • Culminating Leadership Portfolio

Course Schedule

Semester Courses total credits
Fall 2022

-EDUC 640 Introduction to Educational Leadership
EDUC 670 Learning Communities

Spring 2023 -EDUC 646 Leading Instructional Excellence
EDUC 645 Leading Instructional Improvement
Summer 2023 -EDUC 671 Education Law, Finance, and Policy
-EDUC 689 Practicum/Internship
Fall 2023 -EDUC 689 Practicum/Internship 2


Program Costs

To see the UMD Graduate School tuition and fee rates for 2021-22, please click here.  To learn more about alternative financial aid and loan options for the UMD Admin 1 Certificate program, please click here, or to learn more about the UMD monthly tuition payment plan, please click here. 


All candidates should be experienced and highly qualified teachers who meet all of the UMD and state driven eligibility requirements:

  • Minimum 4 years of classroom teaching experience in a Maryland public school system

  • A current Maryland state teaching license (at any level, and in any content area)

  • Completion of a Master’s degree in education

  • Proven teacher leadership roles or responsibilities

  • Active support of school administration

  • A minimum of 3.0 UG GPA, and a 3.5 graduate GPA


To apply to the UMD "School Improvement Leadership PBC/Admin 1 Program, please follow the "Step by Step" guide to applying to the UMD Graduate School linked here

Please apply to the Z138 online Certificate program (not Z052)!

All candidates will need to provide copies of their transcripts from all institutions through which a degree or certification has been conferred.  For candidates who do not hold a degree from a U.S. Institution, or a university from one of the approved English-speaking countries, the TOFEL is required.  Please see UMD's English proficiency requirements in full detail here.  

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement and a current resume which indicates their active certifications and earned degrees.  Additionally, all applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from their current principal through which they indicate their full support for the candidate's pursuit of Admin 1 certification and their commitment to mentor them through the Internship.  

No GRE, Praxis, SLLA, or other test scores are required to apply to this Certificate program.