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Charter School Leadership program graduates are prepared to lead a charter school in a teaching or administrative position.
Charter School Leadership

This program will benefit leaders who are working in charter schools, in either teaching or administrative positions. You will gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to lead in a charter school environment. Action research projects will be a cornerstone of each module of your coursework; you will apply the knowledge and skills gained from your studies to the realities you face in the charter school environment. An integrated capstone project will be a culmination of your action research efforts, and be individually tailored to your career experiences and goals.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn in an environment tailored for current and aspiring charter school leaders
  • Receive hands-on guidance from an accomplished faculty of leaders in education
  • Follow a curriculum designed to address current issues in charter school education

What you can earn

  • Certificate


Where you'll learn

  • Off-site (see locations below)




When you can start

  • No upcoming cohorts


Questions about this program

Ea Porter is an Administrative Assistant for the Teacher Education program in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas.

Ea Porter

Enrollment Advisor

(651) 962-4657


Program Details

For the Certificate

This course provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills necessary to be an effective leader in a school setting. The course begins with a day-long simulation activity, designed through a partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. An in-basket of requests and background information is the first task for the leader and includes opportunities to resolve complex problems and get results through the use of organizational skills. Participants are also assessed on their ability to demonstrate sensitivity and use sound judgment in face-to-face meetings with actors playing the roles of upset parent and under-performing teacher. Team meetings are held, and participants also give a formal speech to a simulated board of education. The work of each participant is rated by trained assessors and compiled into a Final Report showing strengths and weaknesses in 10 different areas of leadership skills. Participants use this data to improve their ability to be an effective peer coach, department head, dean, assistant principal, principal or other building-based educational leader. Follow-up activities in this course include setting Professional Growth Targets for improvement, and implementing them at the school level.


This course covers federal, state and local support of education; analysis of various revenue-raising alternatives; a study of the trends in receipts and expenditures for education; and the Minnesota financial accounting and reporting systems.

Federal, state and local relationship of law to education are studied. Areas covered include school law as it pertains to districts, boards of education, and school personnel; contractual authority and tort liability; problems of employment of teachers; transportation, attendance and discipline; and landmark school law cases.

The professional portfolio is the synthesis of learning and accomplishments of the educational leadership licensure student. Students demonstrate knowledge, experience or expertise in each of the five comprehensive goals for the degree program. Students choose the content themselves and offer a rationale for that selection. Portfolios are presented in a group setting. Prerequisites: All of the degree's requirements completed; permission of adviser.

TOTAL 12 Credits

No Upcoming Cohorts

Degree: Certificate
Time: Check back soon for times.
Start Date: N/A
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Contact Ea Porter, Enrollment Advisor, if you are interested in the Charter School Leadership certificate: (651) 962-4657 or celc@stthomas.edu

Dave W. Petersen, Ph.D., is an LPA Clinical Faculty member and a Charter School Liaison in the Leadership, Policy and Administration program at the University of St. Thomas.

Dave W. Peterson, Ph.D.

LPA Clinical Faculty/Charter School Liaison Leadership, Policy and Administration (651) 962-4844
MOH 428 | Opus Hall


Ongoing Professional Development

Annual events and conferences sponsored by the department offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities.   


Real-world field experience

If your program includes a field experience element, the dedicated faculty and staff in your program will work with you to ensure that your experience will meet your interests and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time in your program, regularly scheduled meetings with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter your field.


Community Partnerships

The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working with these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.


The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.


Education (M.A., Ed.S., Certificate, Licensure)

On-campus Tuition (per credit) $825
Off-campus Program Tuition (per credit) $432
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the requirements:

  •  A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee.

2 |  Meet the supplementary requirements:

  • MTLE Basic Skills required for any candidate being admitted into an initial teacher licensure program. 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.

3 |  Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee.
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that  work was completed at the University of St. Thomas).


Application Deadlines:

  • For Fall Term: June 1
  • For Spring Term: November 1
  • For Summer Term: May 1

When you can start

  • No upcoming cohorts
  • Contact Ea Porter, Enrollment Advisor, if you are interested in the Charter School Leadership certificate: (651) 962-4657 or celc@stthomas.edu

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