Online Education Certificates and Endorsements

Expand your impact on students, teachers and staff when you earn an education certificate or endorsement online. The CAEP-accredited programs are designed for professionals at the graduate level who want to advance their careers quickly and affordably. Benefit from the continuous support of experienced faculty who will provide relevant knowledge that will empower you to become a versatile, culturally responsive education leader.

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Why earn your certificate in education online at YSU?

  • Pathway to Licensure – Our programs prepare you for licensure exams. Plus, coursework aligns with National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) and Ohio Standards for Superintendents (OSS) standards.
  • Relevant Curriculum – Our courses include fieldwork, empowering you to apply new knowledge in real-world settings.
  • Practitioner Faculty – Our experienced faculty are passionate about providing you with rigorous content and individualized support to meet your goals.
  • Flexible Scheduling – The 100 percent online format and multiple start dates are designed so you can fit studying into your lifestyle.

Which online program is right for you?

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Higher Education Leadership & Administration Certificate

As few as 9 months Duration
18 Credit Hours
$7,470 Total Tuition

Deepen your understanding of leadership and administration and prepare for career advancement in higher education in this CAEP-accredited online Higher Education Leadership & Administration Certificate program. Explore the history of higher education as well as diversity, assessment and evaluation, and legal and financial issues specific to academia. Coursework and projects are collaborative and applicable to real-world education leadership challenges.

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Principal Certificate

As few as 14 months Duration
24 Credit Hours
$9,960 Total Tuition

Prepare to be a highly qualified, versatile, and culturally responsive educational leader with the online Principal Certificate program from Youngstown State University. You will be equipped with essential knowledge and advanced expertise in policy, administration, and management that lead you on the path toward principal licensure.

This education certificate online program positions you to be a catalyst for change, growth, and success of students, teachers, and staff through leadership courses and clinical experience. The innovative curriculum is aligned with the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards. The Principal Certificate program is an additional pathway to Ohio principal licensure for experienced teachers who already have a master's degree. Graduates will be academically prepared for the Ohio principal licensure exam.

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Superintendent Licensure

As few as 8 months Duration
15 Credit Hours
$6,225 Total Tuition

The YSU online Superintendent Licensure program provides you with the rigorous leadership development you need to prepare for success as a district-level administrator. Through 100 percent online coursework and clinical experience, our dedicated faculty provide you with a practitioner-focused approach to best practices using active and collaborative learning strategies.

Curriculum for this online program is aligned with the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) and Ohio Standards for Superintendents (OSS) standards. Prepare to meet the challenges of today's school districts as a superintendent in as few as eight months.

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Teacher Leader Endorsement

As few as 6 months Duration
12 Credit Hours
$4,980 Total Tuition

Enhance the leadership and management systems of your school with the advanced qualifications you will gain in the Teacher Leader Endorsement online program. Designed for current teachers and support staff such as curriculum directors and counselors, this graduate-level program offers the added knowledge, skills, and overall understanding needed to incorporate successful leadership styles in classroom and school settings—in as few as 6 months.

Learn from expert faculty who have extensive experience in the field of education, specifically in the area of teacher leadership. Gain real-world experience from the multiple field experience opportunities embedded in each course to advance your professional growth.

By design, in earning the Teacher Leader Endorsement, you automatically fulfill one of the core requirements of the Lead Professional Educator License, the highest educational licensing credential a teacher can achieve in the state of Ohio. Upon completion of the endorsement program, you will be prepared for expanded educational roles and opportunities such as teacher leader, data coach and mentor.

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The educator preparation programs at Youngstown State University meet rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). For more information, contact CAEP by mail at 1140 19th St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 or by phone at 202-223-0077.

Higher Education Leadership & Administration Certificate

Duration: 9 months Credit Hours: 18 Tuition: $415 {tuition_specification_type_per_course}*

Apply by: 8/5/24 Start class: 8/26/24

Deepen your understanding of leadership and administration and prepare for career advancement in higher education in this CAEP-accredited online Higher Education Leadership & Administration Certificate program. Explore the history of higher education as well as diversity, assessment and evaluation, and legal and financial issues specific to academia. Coursework and projects are collaborative and applicable to real-world education leadership challenges.

Principal Certificate

Duration: 14 months Credit Hours: 24 Tuition: $415 {tuition_specification_type_per_course}*

Apply by: 8/5/24 Start class: 8/26/24

Prepare to be a highly qualified, versatile, and culturally responsive educational leader with the online Principal Certificate program from Youngstown State University. You will be equipped with essential knowledge and advanced expertise in policy, administration, and management that lead you on the path toward principal licensure.

This education certificate online program positions you to be a catalyst for change, growth, and success of students, teachers, and staff through leadership courses and clinical experience. The innovative curriculum is aligned with the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards. The Principal Certificate program is an additional pathway to Ohio principal licensure for experienced teachers who already have a master's degree. Graduates will be academically prepared for the Ohio principal licensure exam.

Superintendent Licensure

Duration: 8 months Credit Hours: 15 Tuition: $415 {tuition_specification_type_per_course}*

Apply by: 8/5/24 Start class: 8/26/24

The YSU online Superintendent Licensure program provides you with the rigorous leadership development you need to prepare for success as a district-level administrator. Through 100 percent online coursework and clinical experience, our dedicated faculty provide you with a practitioner-focused approach to best practices using active and collaborative learning strategies.

Curriculum for this online program is aligned with the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) and Ohio Standards for Superintendents (OSS) standards. Prepare to meet the challenges of today's school districts as a superintendent in as few as eight months.

Teacher Leader Endorsement

Duration: 6 months Credit Hours: 12 Tuition: $415 {tuition_specification_type_per_course}*

Apply by: 8/5/24 Start class: 8/26/24

Enhance the leadership and management systems of your school with the advanced qualifications you will gain in the Teacher Leader Endorsement online program. Designed for current teachers and support staff such as curriculum directors and counselors, this graduate-level program offers the added knowledge, skills, and overall understanding needed to incorporate successful leadership styles in classroom and school settings—in as few as 6 months.

Learn from expert faculty who have extensive experience in the field of education, specifically in the area of teacher leadership. Gain real-world experience from the multiple field experience opportunities embedded in each course to advance your professional growth.

By design, in earning the Teacher Leader Endorsement, you automatically fulfill one of the core requirements of the Lead Professional Educator License, the highest educational licensing credential a teacher can achieve in the state of Ohio. Upon completion of the endorsement program, you will be prepared for expanded educational roles and opportunities such as teacher leader, data coach and mentor.

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