Galen University Launches Certificate in Educational Leadership for High School Educators


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Posted: Tuesday November 17, 2020 1:24 PM CST.

By BBN staff: Galen University Belize has launched an Educational Leadership Certificate program for high school educators.

The program was developed by Mount St. Vincent University in Canada, the program prepares ethical and critical high school leaders who will improve educational practice for the benefit of students and the community at large.

The program is aimed at education leaders currently working in the secondary education sector across Belize. The program is aimed at school principals – school principals, deputy principals, department heads and aspiring secondary school principals.

Upon completion, principals will meet the criteria for accreditation as principals.

The program consists of five courses developed for the Department of Education by Mount St. Vincent University, Canada.

The five courses consist of 20 modules and the modules include a total of 80 subjects, with an average of 4 subjects per module.

Each course has a practical component and will require two on-site visits for each participant to the school site where he or she is leading or will lead at any given time.

Each site visit will be carried out by an experienced qualified coach and will last an average of approximately 6 hours per school site coach visit.

Thus, each participant will be visited 10 times by his coach for a total of approximately 60 hours of contact on the site of the school where the participant works.

The program will be delivered online using Galen’s Moodle platform and Blackboard Collaborate video conferencing software.

Each lesson will be given twice a week between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. by a qualified instructor.

Students will also be assigned “coaches” who will supervise their development and make site visits to their schools to supervise the application of course material.

The program will start in January 2021 and will run over three semesters (2021-2, 2020-3 and 2021-1) lasting 14 weeks.

Each course will be offered over 7 weeks, with two courses in 2020-2 and 2020-3, and one in 2021-1.

The entire program will cost $ 4,500, a semester registration fee of $ 300 per semester, and a graduation fee of $ 300.

The registration fee is payable at the time of registration and the participant makes arrangements with Lisa O’Brien, Student Finance Officer, for payment of the tuition fee.

Program participants have access to Galen’s payment plans and student loan programs.

Admission criteria The admission requirements are as follows:

  1. A completed application form and the non-refundable application fee of $ 60.
  2. A certified copy (signed by a notary public or justice of the peace or district education officer) of the B.Sc./BA/B.Ed. diploma.
  3. Two passport size photos
  4. Two letters of recommendation from (i) an immediate supervisor (such as principal, board chair, district education officer) and (ii) another member of the school community such as a PTA chair, a board member or head teacher.

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the completed application form and accompanying documents can be scanned and emailed to admissions@galen.edu.bz.

The application fee can be paid online to the following account ABL 100 166 491, and a copy of the submission slip must be included in the application package sent by email.

Transcripts can be sent directly from the registrar’s office of the institutions where the degrees were awarded to admissions@galen.edu.bz.

Given the short time frame and the ongoing pandemic, participants can submit certified copies of their diplomas from their official records at the schools where they are employed.

Upon receipt of these, they will be granted conditional acceptance.

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