Earn a certificate in educational leadership and develop your capacity to lead with purpose, confidence, and skill.

The Strategic Leadership in Education certificate program is designed for leaders looking to strengthen their effectiveness and deepen the impact they have on their schools, systems, or organizations. Led by experts from the Penn GSE, The Wharton School, and beyond, this cohort-based program allows leaders to learn and develop together as they form relationships, provide support, and broaden their professional networks.

What Sets Us Apart

  Expert teaching faculty from Penn GSE, Wharton, and more
  Cohort model allows you to learn in community and expand your networks
 Deep, rich, and personal learning experiences made possible through live synchronous sessions

About the Program

Educational leaders must navigate complex demands with a sophisticated understanding of people, organizations, and their context. The Strategic Leadership in Education certificate program provides a sustained, rigorous, and cohort-based leadership development experience that empowers you to embrace your leadership role with purpose, confidence, and skill.

Program I: Leadership for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Growth

  • Application Deadline - January 29, 2024
  • Start Date - January 31, 2024
  • Program Fee - $3,200

Program II: Leadership in the Spotlight

  • Application Deadline Extended - March 29, 2024
  • Start Date - April 3, 2024
  • Program Fee - $3,800

Discounts AvailablePenn GSE alumni, previous participants in CPL, and UPenn employees are eligible for a 20% discount off of the program fee.

For information about group payment options or payment plans, please contact ProfessionalLearning@gse.upenn.edu

Ideal candidatesLeaders in K-12 schools, higher education, government, and other education-related organizations. Past participants held positions such as: Assistant Head of School, Dean of Math & Science, Executive Director, Founder & CEO,  Faculty, Principal, Teacher, and Vice Principal.

Programs for Working Professionals

The Strategic Leadership in Education certificate is advanced, executive education for educational leaders. The certificate consists of two complementary programs that support leaders to explore critical ideas in 21st-century teaching and learning, developing people and supporting well-being, leading schools, systems, and organizations, and leading change in a broader context. 

The certificate consists of 13 live virtual sessions, divided into two programs, each focused on a critical and urgent aspect of educational leadership. Participants can enroll in one program or both, depending on their unique professional learning goals, as well as the time and commitment they are able to make. Participants who complete one program will earn a Penn GSE certificate of participation. Participants who complete both programs earn their Penn GSE Certificate in Strategic Leadership in Education.  

 Strategic Leadership Program Outlines

Program I: Leadership for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Growth - Schedule

Before and after each session, you will complete a set of readings, activities, and reflections to help you prepare and apply what you have learned.

Dates: January 31 - March 20

Program fee: $3,200

Faculty Presenter
 January 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) Becoming the Leader of Learning Dr. Zachary Herrmann 
 February 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET)  Student-Centered Teaching and Learning Dr. Zachary Herrmann 
 February 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET)  Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Dr. Ed Brockenbrough
 February 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET)  Developing Professional Learning Systems Dr. Sarah S. Kavanagh
 March 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) Personal Leadership Development Dr. Zachary Herrmann
 March 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) Strategic Goal Setting Dr. Taylor Hausburg

Program II: Leadership in the Spotlight - Schedule

Before and after each session, you will complete a set of readings, activities, and reflections to help you prepare and apply what you have learned.

Dates: April 3 - May 29

Program fee: $3,800

Faculty Presenter
 April 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) Creating Space for Productive Disagreement Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath
 April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) Educational Leadership and Organizational Sensemaking Dr. Rand Quinn
 April 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) Leading in Politically Charged Contexts Dr. Andrea Kane
May 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) Leading Organizational Change Dr. Julie Wollman
May 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET)Leading in Times of Crisis Dr. Cheryl Logan
May 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET)Leadership Communication: Driving Change in Challenging Times Ms. Antionnette Mcdermott
May 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (ET)Leadership and Negotiation Dr. Zachary Herrmann

Learning Objectives

Before and after each virtual session, you will complete readings and assignments asynchronously on Penn GSE’s learning platform. All assignments will relate directly to your current work, allowing you to make meaningful and immediate connections and impact in your current role. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore core concepts in teaching and learning
  • Identify ways to  establish and pursue an ambitious and meaningful instructional vision
  • Discuss strategies to support students to develop non-cognitive and social-emotional skills 
  • Identify ways to support educators to design and enact culturally responsive learning environments for students from racially, ethnically, and linguistically minoritized backgrounds
  • Explore how leaders can support the development of strategic and robust professional learning systems
  • Discuss how leaders must manage their own work-related stress and well-being, as well as that of the people within their organizations, and why development and individual change efforts often fail, and what leaders can do about it
  • Explore concepts such as organizational sensemaking, the sociopolitical context of leadership, organizational learning, psychological safety, decision-making, and will introduce leaders to the 4P Framework for Strategic Leadership, which focuses leaders on perception, process, people, and projection
  • Explore foundational concepts centered on crisis leadership, as well as theories and best practices related to a leader’s role in effectively communicating vision and change

Our Faculty

Penn GSE Faculty Sigal Ben-Porath
MRMJJ Presidential Professor
Ph.D., Tel Aviv University
Penn GSE Faculty Ed Brockenbrough
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Taylor C. Hausburg
Teacher Program Lead, Penn GSE Center for Professional Learning
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Zachary Herrmann
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ed.L.D., Harvard University
Penn GSE Faculty Andrea M. Kane
Professor of Practice, Education Leadership
Ph.D., Northcentral University
Penn GSE Faculty Sarah Schneider Kavanagh
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Washington
Penn GSE Faculty Cheryl J. Logan
Executive Director McGraw Center for Educational Leadership
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Antionnette McDermott
Director of Graduate Program, Wharton Communication Program
Penn GSE Faculty Rand Quinn
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
Penn GSE Faculty Julie E. Wollman
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., New York University