Rise to become a core transformation leader within urban education

Instructional Core Transformation for Urban School Administrators - Graduate Certificate (12 credits)

This instructional core transformation certificate program provides students with strategies to create equitable and culturally responsive transformation in urban school environments.

Coursework explores ways of constructing strategic, curricular and instructional plans for K-12 urban schools. Additionally, you'll learn how to design equitable and culturally responsive practices that lead to student engagement, student achievement, and physical and emotional well-being. Faculty and students deconstruct the components of a standards-based curriculum designed for students to achieve mastery in essential grade-level skills and knowledge while meeting diverse learners’ needs.

Certificate credits apply toward a master’s degree in urban educational leadership

Take the instructional core transformation certificate as a stand-alone certificate or stack it with the urban education leadership principles graduate certificate and business essentials for school administrators graduate certificate and earn your master’s degree in urban educational leadership in less than two years.

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Why pursue an instructional core transformation certificate at Davenport?

By pursuing this certificate with Davenport University, you’ll be well-positioned for new job opportunities, and you’ll be eligible for advancement within your current school district.

You’ll learn from certified teaching professionals with more than 30 years of experience, collectively, in urban education. You’ll also receive weekly coaching and, through certificate coursework, gain insight into unconscious biases and systematic inequities often encountered

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Benefit from our educational partnerships

Take advantage of Davenport’s relationships with partner districts, some of which often offer tuition benefits to candidates enrolled in our urban education programs. 


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Hands-on experience in urban settings

Gain hands-on experience through projects, service learning, research, fieldwork and internships in urban education settings with a focus on leadership for educational equity and inclusion. 


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Faculty who are educational leaders

Learn from Davenport faculty who have nearly 30+ years of experience as educators, collectively, with expertise in areas like elementary and secondary teaching and educational leadership as well as certification in Online+ learning instruction. 


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Financial aid and discounts available

Benefit from Davenport’s expansive partnerships with local schools and districts. If you work for one of our educational partners, you may be eligible for tuition discounts of up to 39%.  


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Focused on best practices  

Leverage your experience while exploring research and best practices in areas like leadership for educational equity, curriculum, instruction and assessment, entrepreneurship and more.    



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Award-winning program  

Davenport is a Transformational Award Winner as recognized by the American Council on Education.   

Get started on your instructional core transformation certificate

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your instructional core transformation certificate at Davenport.

Talk to a graduate admissions advisor

Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at info@davenport.edu.

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Start or advance your career as an education leader in our cities. Request more information or begin your application now.

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
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