Graduate Certificate in Global Education and Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Global Education and Leadership prepares and positions educators to develop, sustain, and lead globally-minded schools, (from preschool through high school).  Regardless of geographic location, educators and students are growing and learning in a transnational world. Examining global and local contexts, this certificate will provide the theories, tools, and resources for aspiring principals, curriculum leaders and other educators to successfully lead colleagues and students to be critical, reflective, and inquiring global stewards with refined intercultural skills.  

The required four courses each take an inquiry approach that allows educators to question and examine locally-relevant and globally-minded leadership principles and practices. The program as a whole expands upon ELPA's commitment to developing equitable and inclusive leadership by bridging best practices in school leader development with the underpinning values of the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization ( and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations ( In turn, the core value underlying the certificate is to foment intercultural understanding and global-mindedness in each of these critical aspects of educational leadership: Effective curriculum and instruction, collaborative teamwork, risk-taking and innovation, reflective practice, leadership development, and systems of continuous improvement.


The 12 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Global Education and Leadership will be offered as a stand-alone certificate.

Required Courses
ED_LPA 7151Leading Educational Organizations in Global Contexts3
ED_LPA 7152Leadership for Student Learning in a Global Context3
ED_LPA 7153Leading Professional Development in Global Contexts3
ED_LPA 7154Leadership for School-Community Partnerships in a Global Context3
Total Credits12


Gabrielle Malfatti, Ed.D.
Teaching Professor
Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

For more information about this graduate certificate, contact the ELPA Department by phone at 573-882-8221 or by e-mail at