Graduate Certificate in School Leadership

Catholic Education Cohort


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The Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (GCSL) enables Catholic school leaders to hone leadership practices centered on Alberta’s Leadership Quality Standard (LQS) and the Leadership Quality Standard of Catholic Education in order to support and build up Catholic Education.

You will explore dimensions of leadership within Catholic Education and engage in authentic tasks and experiences including job-embedded learning components in which you will visit, observe, and collaborate with another school leader or leadership team in a Catholic school setting of your choice.

The GCSL is a flexible, part-time, varied-delivery program that facilitates studying without taking a leave from your career. This four-course experience is designed to 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
  • Modelling continuous professional learning for teachers
  • Supporting the application of foundational knowledge about Indigenous Peoples
  • Understanding the social context of schooling

Courses are provided fully online with some synchronous content.

The Graduate Certificate meets the academic requirements for principal and superintendent certification in Alberta. Please note that you must hold an Alberta Permanent Professional Certificate (PPC) in order to obtain principal and superintendent certification in Alberta.

In addition, the Graduate Certificate can be laddered into M.Ed. programs such as the Master of Education in Educational Studies or the M.Ed. in Studies in Educational Leadership (SEL). Completion of the GCSL does not guarantee acceptance into these programs.


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Alumni Stories

GCSL grads... share your stories here! Contact the Program Coordinator to submit your text or video reflections and inspire the next cohort of the GCSL program.

November 26, 2021 - Brandise Fehr, GCSL Graduate, 2021
Brandise Fehr, GCSL Graduate, 2021Brandise Fehr, a graduate of the GCSL Catholic Education Cohort, has been published in Fully Alive, the newsjournal of the Religious and Moral Education Council of the Alberta Teachers' Association (Vol. 6 No.1). The article, titled Balancing the Leadership Boat in Faith-Based Schools, is a revised version of her final paper in EDU 596 Leadership in Catholic Education.