Teacher leaders are crucial for the success of the entire school. Often they are not given formal training. This certificate aims to empower teacher leaders to support and guide their colleagues to improve teaching and learning through instruction, curriculum, and using information and data. This certificate will also focus on effective methods of leading professional learning.


Program Structure


The program consists of four 3-credit courses, all offered online in English. Over these courses, candidates will create an implementation plan for instructional coaching within their schools. Candidates will also develop the elements of instructional coaching: assessment for learning, delivery of effective curriculum, enhancing classroom instruction, and effective classroom management all through an inclusive, continuous improvement lens. 

Upon completion of this program, candidates will understand how to develop supportive, confidential, and trustworthy relationships with teachers, distinguish between coaching and evaluating, explore conferencing and feedback loops, facilitation, presentation, and best practices in professional learning.


Program Faculty

Our dedicated Teaching and Learning Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.



This program is open to teachers and teacher leaders. Individuals are eligible to enroll with 1) a teaching license, credential, or certificate or the comparable credentials from another state or country and 2) four years' teaching experience.

Continuous Enrollments
Students in certificate/endorsement only programs are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services.

Application Requirements


Interested in applying? Check out the Instructional Coaching Certificate application requirements.


Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships



The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.