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Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership (GC-INSLEAD) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the educational leadership literature in general, and instructional leadership literature in particular.
  • Demonstrate understanding of current research on learning including the impacts of various teaching strategies and approaches.
  • Demonstrate understanding of current leadership research and the implications this has for teacher quality and student learning and achievement.
  • Critically reflect on their professional strengths and weaknesses and their approach to leading and working with others.
  • Understand current research and approaches to teachers’ professional learning.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the features of and approaches to successful innovation and change in educational settings, teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate understanding of effective approaches to engaging and working with diverse groups and the community.

Generic skills

In addition to learning specific skills associated with the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership, graduates will develop the following generic skills which will be valuable for life:

  • Problem solving skills, including engaging with, researching and identifying strategies to solve unfamiliar problems.
  • Analytical skills and the ability to construct and express logical arguments.
  • Collaborative and teamwork skills through working with fellow students and with work-based colleagues through investigations and problem solving.
  • To learn to critically investigate, modify and adapt new ideas and approaches.
  • Plan effective work schedules and meet deadlines.
  • Verbal and communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including staff supervision and development.
  • Change management skills.
  • Use of evidence and data.

Graduate attributes

The Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership will enable graduates to achieve the following University of Melbourne Graduate Attributes:

  • Academically excellent: graduates will develop in-depth research and evidence-based knowledge of learning, teaching, professional learning, educational leadership, educational culture and climate. They will demonstrate a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication. Graduates will be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning and be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies.
  • Knowledgeable across disciplines: graduates will examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines, particularly those with relevance to their education setting. They will expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences and have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems. As a result of completing the Instructional Leadership they will have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment.
  • Leaders in communities: Graduates of the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership will be prepared to assume leadership in educational and wider community contexts. They will be able to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces and have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations. They will mentor future generations of learners and leaders and be able to engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs.
  • Attuned to cultural diversity: Graduates of the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership will be working within organisations characterised by cultural and other forms of diversity. This is reflected in such overarching documents as the Australian Charter for the Teaching Profession, the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young People and the various national professional teaching standards and curriculum documents. Graduates will value different cultures and be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work. They will have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community and respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values.
  • Active global citizens: As aspiring or practicing educational leaders, graduates of the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership will accept social and civic responsibilities and attempt to inculcate these in those with which they work. They will be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment and have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics. They will recognise that education is the best means we have of opening the doors of opportunity for people and of ameliorating the effects of inequity and disadvantage.