Curriculum and Instructional Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Curriculum and Instructional Leadership (Graduate Certificate)
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Why get a graduate certificate in curriculum and instructional leadership?

The graduate certificate in curriculum and instructional leadership will provide you with the tools to plan, develop, implement and lead educational programs that meet the diverse learning needs of students. Designed for experienced teachers, the program focuses on curriculum, supervision, instruction and data analysis. You’ll learn to develop innovative curricula for schools and districts from a global, multicultural perspective. You’ll also explore supervisory and instructional practices, including assessment, evaluation, mentoring, co-teaching and collaborative supervision, and you’ll participate in a field supervision project.

Why get your graduate certificate in curriculum and instructional leadership at UNH?

Designed to meet the needs of working educators, this graduate certificate program is both flexible and convenient, allowing you to earn your degree at a pace that fits your schedule. Many courses are offered online or in the evenings on our Durham or Manchester campuses, and you can start the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. The program is designed for professionals with a minimum of five years teaching or administrative experience.

Potential career areas

  • Advising
  • Curriculum design
  • Education
  • Instructional design

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Curriculum & Requirements

This program provides the skills and knowledge for educators to understand curriculum and instruction and to lead educational programs at the school and district office level. It is comprised of curriculum, supervision, instruction, and data analysis components.


Applicants must have a minimum of five years of successful teaching experience or administrative experience. Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the certificate program.

Required Courses

A minimum of five courses (20 credits) is required for this Graduate Certificate;  at least 16 credits must be completed after admission to the program.

EDUC 959Issues in Education4
Select one course from each of the following four strands16
EDUC 960
Curriculum Development
EDUC 991
Curriculum Theory I
Supervision of Instruction:
EDUC #957
Collaborative Models of Teaching, Learning, and Leading
EDUC 965
Educational Supervision and Evaluation
EDUC 958
Analysis of Teaching and Learning
Data Analysis:
EDUC 881
Introduction to Statistics: Inquiry, Analysis, and Decision Making
EDUC 885
Introduction to Assessment
EDUC 972
Introduction to Educational Evaluation
Total Credits20

With the approval of their advisor and the Division Director of Educational Studies, students may make modifications to the Graduate Certificate’s course of study.

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Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: May 1
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Additional Department Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.


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