Graduate Certificate in School Leadership

The Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium is pleased to be partnering with the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta to offer the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (GCSL). It is designed to support leaders in Charter Schools, Independent Schools and Rural Schools.

Check out the link below for more details on the program:

GCSL Info Package

What is the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership?

The Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (GCSL) is a four-course experience designed to enhance your skills as a school leader. You will develop your leadership capacity in areas such as:

  • leading a learning community in times of change
  • providing instructional leadership for increased student engagement
  • managing school operations and resources
  • moving policy to practice
  • understanding the social context of schooling

The GCSL meets the academic requirements for principal and superintendent certification in Alberta. In addition, the GCSL may be laddered into M.Ed. programs such as the Master of Education in Educational Studies or the Master of Educational Administration and Leadership.

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ERLC Cohorts

The GCSL will be offered as a cohort-based program. Individual school divisions or a group of school divisions can request this program, with a minimum of 20 students needed per cohort. Courses are presented fully online with some synchronous components.

April 30, for Fall 2022 start


The Graduate Certificate in School Leadership will consist of four courses, starting in the Fall:

  • EDU 520 Foundations of School Leadership
  • EDU 521 School Leadership: Theory into Practice

*Completion of these two courses fulfills the academic requirements for principal certification in Alberta. Students do not have to wait until they have completed the program to apply for certification.

Two other courses will be created through a collaboration between ERLC and the Faculty of Education. These courses will be created based on the cohort and identified priority areas from the systems that participate in the program. In addition, these courses will be connected to professional learning conducted by ERLC, and students will be required to completed PD activities through ERLC in advance to complete the certification.

Full Course Descriptions


For more information on the ERLC’s professional learning component, please contact Adelee Penner –

For more information on the GCSL program, please contact Betty Lo –