Online Charter / Small School Leadership Certificate

The fully online Certificate in Charter / Small School Leadership Program is designed to equip candidates with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to serve as educational leaders in California. The Program is rooted in the rationale that twenty-first century leaders require knowledge and skills in the following areas: systemic reform; reflective practice; ethical, moral, and collaborative decision-making; diversity and inclusion; critical inquiry; advocacy for technology and its accessibility to all stakeholders; transformative leadership; and assessment/research.

The Online Certificate in Charter / Small School Leadership consists of 10 units (3 classes) in one academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer 1 & 2) with a Fall only admission. Read more about the program's curriculum.

Application Requirements

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • Statement of Intent (2 pages typed, double-spaced).
  • A Bachelor's degree with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in your last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units is required.


  • Candidates will analyze and demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to serve as an Educational Leader in California with an emphasis on the specific needs of charter / small school leaders.
  • Candidates will design and articulate a vision for instructional leadership that includes a strong emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity, special education, the successful development of English Language Learners, and the parent-school relationship.
  • Candidates will develop an understanding and a theory of action regarding the financial and operational aspects of charter / small school leadership.
  • Candidates will demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental aspects of charter / small school leadership and operations through the construction of a charter / small school petition.

Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allowing appropriate planning.