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Antiracist Administration, Supervision, and Leadership Certificate Program

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Leaders Drive Equity in Education

Among 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.

Antiracist Administration, Supervision, and Leadership Virtual Certificate

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.

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.

ARASL Certificate Program Details

The ARASL program includes:

  • 18 credit administrator certificate that can be completed in 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
  • Course work that is aligned to the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) program standards

New Students to AU School of Education

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

Option 2: Take full cohort model beginning in the summer. This track leads to licensure in DC.

MEd Program Alumni

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 Emma LaParade at as soon as possible to plan your course of study.

The program is open to individuals with a:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution, or master’s degree in progress at American University’s School of Education;
  • 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 Administrator certification.

All students applying to the program are required to submit:

  • Online application
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose focused on antiracism in education (500 words)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume
  • GPA supplemental statement (If GPA is under 3.0)

See full Admissions & Degree Requirements.

Students of this program will receive the Standard Administrative Services Credential.

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The world needs education, now more than ever. And the world needs you, now more than ever as well.

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Dean of American University School of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about upcoming ARASL key dates and deadlines.

No. Only students interested in earning an administrator certification will need to apply to the program.

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

1. E-mail 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. 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 3 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.

  • 2 years of PK-12 building-level experience
  • A master’s degree or currently working on a master’s degree from an accredited institution

Current master’s students in our MEd program can take classes through the certificate program. Please reach out to Emma LaParade 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 and Teacher Support
  • EDU 694 – School Improvement, Organization and Administration
  • EDU 691 – Internship

Program Name: Anti-Racist Administration Supervision and Leadership Certificate Program

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $23,848 (partnership discount) and $33,588 (non-partnership rate) if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.

This program is approved by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) and CAEP. While the program meets the certification requirements for DC, the School of Education cannot guarantee that the coursework will meet state credentialing requirements outside of DC. Candidates who are employed in states other than DC must confirm with their state credentialing agency what the certification requirements are for their state and whether there is reciprocity with DC.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions visit

Key Dates & Deadlines

Applications require a $55 application fee. Apply by August 12, 2024 to waive your application fee.

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline
June 14, 2024
Final Deadline
August 12, 2024
Classes Start
August 26, 2024

Contact Us

Email with any questions.