Graduate certificate in teacher leadership and mentorship
Building teacher-leadership capacity in BC

If you are a practicing teacher in the BC K-12 school system looking to develop your skills in leadership, mentorship and communication, this one-year intensive certificate is for you.  The program, which includes an intensive practicum, connects existing leaders with protégés, and creates an ongoing cycle of leader/mentor development.

UFV’s part-time graduate certificate in teacher leadership and mentorship consists of five courses, for a total of 15 graduate-level credits. Together with a bridging course, you will have opportunities to complement this certificate with other themed courses in order to complete all required 30 credits towards the next TQS category. Courses will be taught by faculty from UFV and leaders from the school districts.
For those students wanting to ladder this certificate into a Masters degree, we have an agreement in place, whereby students will receive credits towards a Master of Educational Leadership and Management  degree at Royal Roads University.

Enjoy a stimulating learning environment as one of a close-knit cohort of students, all of whom are as committed to excellence in teaching as you.

This program was developed through extensive consultation with teachers and administrators in the four Fraser Valley school districts (Fraser-Cascade, Chilliwack, Mission and Abbotsford).  

What credential will I earn?  Can it ladder into an MEd later?
You will earn a graduate certificate in teacher leadership and mentorship from the University of the Fraser Valley, and you will be invited to convocate at UFV's annual ceremonies in June. An agreement is in place whereby students will receive credits to wards a Master of Educational Leadership and Management  degree at Royal Roads University. Arrangements have also been made to provide additional UFV theme-based courses to allow those teachers who do not wish to complete a Master's degree to go on to earn a total of 30 credits to advance toward the next TQS step.

Where and when is this program offered?
This program is offered on UFV's Abbotsford campus at 33844 King Rd.  Courses will be held on campus and online. This program is designed not to interfere with your regular employment. On-campus classes are being scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings over the course of the year. 

The program begins with a Summer Institute, during which time the course EDU 700 (see below) will be completed. This condensed summer session will run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during the day from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm., August 8-26, 2011.

How many students will be in my cohort?
Each class group will be limited to approximately 20 students. 

What does each course cover? 

EDUC 700 (3 credits)
Introduction to Leadership Theory and Practice

This course is an introduction to leadership theory and practice applicable to the school setting. A number of leadership approaches are examined to determine what distinguishes leaders from followers and what factors contribute to effective leadership. The course also explores contemporary leadership concepts and issues associated with leadership in general, as well as those more specifically related to teacher leadership and mentorship in the context of schools and their wider communities. Discussion and analysis of leadership styles and behaviours seek to question practical, theoretical and philosophical perspectives of leadership in light of the challenges facing teacher leaders as mentors.

EDUC 701 (3 credits)
Teacher Mentoring

This course examines the benefits of implementing successful teacher leadership mentoring programs in schools and school districts. Through an examination of the research and theory of mentorship and induction models, this course enriches teacher leadership skills, effective instructional strategies, and the development of reflective practitioners within a collaborative culture through mentorship. Participants are exposed to coaching styles and learn the differences between developmental mentoring and supervision. As well, they learn to understand specific challenges faced by new teachers entering the educational profession. Practical strategies and skills that develop teacher competencies and a learning-focused relationship between the mentor and protégé will be explored.

EDUC 702 (3 credits)
Communication and Leadership for the Teacher-Leader

This course is designed to deepen the participants’ understanding of the dynamics of adult communication in a complex educational setting. Theoretical concepts will be addressed with reference to current research, case studies, practical demonstration, practice and feedback, video, and guest lecturers. The focus of this course is to determine principles of best practice that facilitate sound collegial communication between teacher-leaders and their colleagues, particularly as they relate to peer coaching and mentoring in the school setting.

EDUC 703 (3 credits)
Leadership and Professional Competencies in the K-12 School Setting
This course will enrich the capacity of teacher leaders to become instructional leaders within a mentoring role. Drawing on the theories of previous studies, participants will develop their vision of learning in relation to educational philosophy. Participants will gain knowledge of the Standards for the Education, Competence, and Professional Conduct of Educators in British Columbia and the British Columbia Principals and Vice-Principals Association’s Leadership Standards, as applied to the educational setting of a mentoring relationship. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own practice around these standards and apply them to a professional framework for teaching, in order to support, challenge, and facilitate the development of professional vision by the protégé.

EDUC 704 (3 credits)
This course is designed to give professional educators an opportunity to develop their capacity as teacher leaders in a mentoring role with a new teacher in the K-12 school setting. Through the practical application of established best practices in the field of distributed leadership and mentoring, the course draws on the works of a number of educators. The practicum enables participants to acquire practical skills and gain professional confidence. Mentors will enrich their capacity for critical self-reflection, build on their existing skill sets, and apply best practices while nurturing the professional growth of new teacher colleagues. Participants (protégés) will be matched with a volunteer mentor, who is a current or previous education leader, to design a practicum that will merge theory and practice in their particular work setting. As the participants build their own leadership capacity throughout the program, they too will become mentors to novice teachers in their districts. The individual 3-credit practicum will be designed through a consultative process with the instructor, the participant, and the volunteer mentor to ensure that the practicum is an opportunity to apply the skills learned in the program. 

What will it cost?
The fee per credit for graduate courses at UFV is $509.23 (2010/11). Tuition for this 15-credit program will  thus total $7638.45. Please keep in mind that you will also be responsible for covering any ancillary fees (see the Fees and Other Costs section of the UFV academic calendar for details ). There will be additional costs for textbooks. You are encouraged to speak with your District about opportunities for professional development funding. 
Howdo I apply?

Entrance requirements

All applicants must:

  • possess a Bachelor’s degree, with a grade point average of at least 3.0, from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • have earned a Teacher’s Certificate or other recognized professional licensed teaching credential
  • submit a short letter of intent
  • three letters of reference

In addition, applicants must satisfy English language policy. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language policy 340.29 .

When to apply
Admission to this certificate is currently not available.

How to apply
Download the application checklist as reference and submit your application package to the UFV Admissions office. You will be advised of an admission decision and provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register. This money will be applied toward your tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes. In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due by the end August. 

Related forms
Application formReferee form


Please contact Barbara Salingré, Educational Advisor, Teacher Education Program, University of the Fraser Valley at  Toll-free: 1-888-504-7441; local 4700, or email



At this time, the program is not offering an August 2012 intake.  Please check back for further updates.  
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