Endorsement Program for Teacher Leadership

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Teacher Leadership
Associated Degree:
  • Certificate/Endorsement
  • Hybrid
Program Level:
  • Non-Degree Program
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Nondegree Professional Development


This 12-credit endorsement in Teacher leadership is available to individuals who hold a Standard Instructional Certificate in the state of New Jersey and who have at least four years of teaching experience. Students already enrolled in a degree program at the GSE, who already possess a Standard Instructional Certificate may complete the endorsement program in conjunction with their degree program. In addition, non-degree-seeking students may complete the program on a non-matriculated basis (see below for more information about this option).

The program has three goals:

  1. to prepare teacher leaders to work in diverse settings with an understanding of how collaborative culture supports educator development and student learning;
  2. to prepare teacher leaders who are knowledgeable about the use of data, assessments, and research to facilitate improvements in instruction and learning;
  3. to foster an understanding of the range of teacher leader roles and practices and how they contribute to improved outreach, family and community collaboration, and educational advocacy.


All applicants who are not currently in a Graduate/Non-degree program and don’t have an active RU ID # will need to complete a Graduate Study application. Applications can be completed online.

Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet program requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education WILL NOT refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted. Applications are due two weeks before the beginning of the next semester. Students are admitted throughout the year for this non-degree program.

Program Requirements

Applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Photocopy or electronic copy of a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate.
  • One letter of recommendation.
  • Photocopies or electronic copies of annual summative teaching evaluations rated effective or highly effective for not less than 2 of the previous 3 years.
  • Proof of employment as a teacher for not less than 4 years.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Applicants are not usually admitted with a GPA less than 3.0 in their most recent degree.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of program requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this program, please contact Marie Pavelchak.


Please note that this endorsement program is not a degree-seeking program, and does not culminate in a degree of any sort.


If you have general questions about this program or need any assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services by email, by phone at 848-932-3232, or simply drop by our office for assistance.