Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Leadership

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The Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Leadership prepares students for leadership roles that create, maintain and support a sense of belonging, particularly for marginalized populations in schools or education-related organizations. The curriculum will develop students’ knowledge and skills of organizational and community leadership that promote equitable and inclusive school environments, education-related organizations and communities.

Additional program topics include historical and current factors that affect schools and leadership; how empathy, trust and bias influence leadership; methods of action research; and how to use research to engage stakeholders.

Upon completion of the 15-credit-hour program, students will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and skills in culturally responsive leadership.

This certificate targets three primary populations:

  1. Teachers and administrative leaders working in K-12 schools;
  2. Staffers and leaders working in education-related non-profit organizations; and
  3. Higher education employees in leadership roles.

Designed for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students, the Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Leadership offers both online and face-to-face options and can be completed in as little as one year.

VCU BULLETIN INFO

PROGRAM BASICS

How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Fall
Application deadlines: Fall: May 1
Fall 2022 Extended Deadline: June 15
Note: Late applications reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Application checklist [PDF]

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.