Fast facts Starts 5 August, 2020

4 weeks per course
(3 courses in Program)


8-10 hours per week


FREE - Certificate for US$402.30


Education & Teacher Training



About this Professional Certificate

The Leadership and Management in Education Professional Certificate program will develop your skills in leading, supporting, and positively transforming learning organisations.

You will acquire skills in:

  • leadership techniques
  • coaching
  • communication
  • change management
  • conflict resolution, and
  • stakeholder engagement

You will learn what high-quality leadership looks like in multiple industry contexts, review current research in educational leadership, and apply your new skills in the workplace. You will craft an organisational vision and develop a personal action plan to implement now, and in the future.

Each course in the program supports practical application of an evidence-based theoretical framework. The coursework is driven by ground-breaking research teamed with leadership and management capacity building. The Professional Certificate program is registered for teacher professional development with the New South Wales Educational Standards Authority (NESA), Australia (pending).

The program has been developed by Professor John Fischetti and Dr Scott Imig, with over 50 years of experience between them in improving the preparation of educators and the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms around the world.

The University of Newcastle has one of the largest schools of education in Australia, and rated in the Top 150 universities for Education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

The courses in this program are accredited by NESA (New South Wales Educational Standards Authority) as noted below. Recognition of these courses as lead teacher professional development may also apply in your state or country. Please contact your accrediting body for any processes that apply in your jurisdiction if you are seeking completion as evidence for professional development credit.

If you successfully complete the entire verified Professional Certificate, you are eligible to apply for 10 units (one elective course equivalent) for credit into our Master of Leadership and Management in Education. Designed to further advance your skills to become a stronger education leader, and provide you with a diverse range of career opportunities, the Masters program can be completed in one year full-time. Available face-to-face, online or mixed mode (combination of online and face-to-face), you could study from the comfort of your own home and fit study around your lifestyle.

Job Outlook

This program will prepare you for advancing your career as a head teacher, assistant or deputy principal, principal, organisational leader, or in policy and/or advisory roles in educational boards or governance.

What you'll learn

  • Develop a personal leadership philosophy and plan
  • Analyse the leadership practices and philosophies of current and former organisational leaders
  • Identify methods to energise your staff towards the creation of efficient and effective organisations
  • Develop coaching capacities to improve your ability to lead your team

    Meet the instructors

    Professor John Fischetti

    Professor John Fischetti

    Professor John Fischetti is the Head of the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He promotes learning equity to enable educational success of all children.

    Dr Scott Imig

    Dr Scott Imig

    Dr Scott Imig is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is helping educators on both sides of the Pacific to engage in reflective practice and conversations about growth.

    Related degree

    NSW Education Standards Authority

    Completing Developing Your Educational Leadership and Management Vision, Applying Strategic Leadership in Education, and Leading Transformative Change in Education will contribute 36 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.1.4, 6.2.4, 6.3.4 and 6.4.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW (pending).

    The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.