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. With approval from the New Hampshire Department of Education, the program may qualify you for curriculum director certification under state’s alternative certification standards.

Potential career areas

  • Advising
  • Curriculum design
  • Education
  • Instructional design
  • School administration

Department of Education
Morrill Hall
University of New Hampshire
62 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2310
Fax: (603) 862-2174


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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
EDUC 992
Curriculum Theory II
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, students may make modifications to the Graduate Certificate’s course of study.


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 after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. 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.

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

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

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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Alignment with New Hampshire Certification for Curriculum Director, Alternative 3C

Students interested in pursuing the New Hampshire Curriculum Director credential via Alternative 3C must notify the Department of Education (Todd DeMitchell) that she/he is interested in pursing the credential aligned with the Graduate Program. Students seeking certification as a Curriculum Director will be directed to take the approved courses for the credential. They must also complete and submit an Evidence Portfolio to their advisor. A copy of the Evidence Portfolio is available upon request.

The Department of Education will issue a Letter of Review & Support to those students who complete the evidence portfolio as part of their Graduate Certificate in Curriculum & Instruction Leadership. The program will only submit a Letter of Review & Support to its admitted Graduate Certificate students who have completed the approved course of study and submitted an approved Evidence Portfolio. The Letter of Review & Support can be submitted as evidence for the Curriculum Director certification (Ed 506.05) under Alternative 3C.

While the Graduate Certificate is aligned with the New Hampshire standards for this credential, the State Department of Education makes an independent assessment of the complete application and retains the authority to issue an endorsement.

For questions about certification aligned with this Graduate Certificate, please contact Todd A. DeMitchell ( program coordinator.

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