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Leaders Drive Equity in Education A Virtual Certificate

The world needs education, now more than ever. And the world needs you,now more than ever as well. ~ Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoyAmong today’s greatest challenges in the United States is the need to create more equitable, antiracist schools. The failure to meet this need for all of our children - regardless of racial, cultural, economic, or linguistic background - widens the opportunity gap between those who thrive and those who struggle.

American University’s fully virtual 18-credit post-masters graduate certificate in Antiracist Administration Supervision and Leadership (ARASL) prepares education leaders with the required content and knowledge, as well as the necessary mindset shift, to dismantle racist practices and policies in classrooms, schools, and districts.

The executive-style, fully virtual program will be offered in different formats to meet the needs of working professionals. Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will be eligible for state leadership certification in Washington D.C.

This program provides an exciting learning experience that combines rigorous academic work with actual practice. We are excited for you to Raise Your Hand to be the change agent our communities need.

Open to individuals with a:

  • Master's degree or currently working on a master's degree from an accredited institution;
  • Certification as a teacher or education professional (e.g., counselor, psychologist); and
  • A minimum of at least two years of school-based teaching, instructional leadership or pupil services experience. Substitute teaching experience does not apply.

Current AU MEd students must apply and be accepted to the certificate program in order to be eligible for Principal certification.

All students applying to the program are required to submit:

  • Online application
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (500 words)
  • Un-official transcripts
  • Resume GPA supplemental statement (If GPA is under 3.0)

See full Admissions & Degree Requirements.

The ARASL program includes:

  • 18 credit principal certificate that can be completed in 2-3 semesters
  • Course instructors whose work is guided by AU’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center 
  • Cohort model with classes designed for full-time professionals
  • Mix of faculty and expert practitioners who bring policy, research, and PreK-12 school experience
  • Clinical Internship Experience that applies learning to practice 
  • Prepares future leaders using the NELP standards

New Student to AU School of Ed.

Option 1: Take individual courses. Students can select individual courses to take at their own pace.

Option 2: Take full cohort model starting summer or fall. This track leads to certification.

Alumni - MEd Program

Option 1: Take individual courses. Students can select individual courses to take at their own pace.

Option 2: Take full cohort model starting summer or fall (able to waive 2 courses. This track leads to certification.

Current MEd Students

Option 1: Take individual courses. Students can select individual courses to take at their own pace.

Option 2: Take ARASL courses during your MEd course of study. Please reach out to Emily Funk at as soon as possible to plan your course of study. 


Fall 2022

Priority Deadline: June 10
Final Deadline: July 8

Spring 2023

Priority Deadline: October 14
Final Deadline: November 18


Summer 2023

Priority Deadline: February 24
Final Deadline: March 24

No. Only students interested in earning a principal certification will need to apply to the program.

If you wish to take one-two courses follow the steps below:

  1. E-mail Ashleigh at with your: name, preferred e-mail and courses you are interested in taking
  2. We will help you to sign up for the course and guide you on where to pay tuition
  3. If/ when you are ready to join the full certificate program you can apply and begin the remaining set of coursework/internship

18 credit hours. Most students complete the program in 2 semesters.

No. We require a statement of purpose, resume, transcript(s), and one letter of recommendation.

*For students with one of our partnership programs, one or more letters may be waived, as well as the application fee.

Yes, the program was designed to accommodate students who work full-time. Classes are held Friday evenings and Saturday's.

  • 2 years of PK-12 teaching experience
  • Bachelors and Masters degree

Current master's students in our MEd program can take classes through the certificate program. Please reach out to Emily Funk at to discuss your course schedule.

  • EDU 631- Educational Leadership & Organizational Change
  • EDU 636 - Education Law and Policy
  • EDU 683 - Curriculum Design for the Classroom
  • EDU 687 - Instructional Leadership & Teachers Support
  • EDU 691- Internship
  • EDU 694 - School Improvement, Organization & Administration

Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. Joins the SOE's Faculty

Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings Jr.

Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings Jr., Former Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent, became the first executive-in-residence and plays a key role in elevating the school’s Antiracist Administration, Supervision, and Leadership (ARASL) certificate program. Read more about him and his new position here.

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