FAQs

Accreditation is the act of giving official recognition of a program that meets the standards of the accrediting institution. 

ISL Certificate Programs are accredited by a wide-variety of institutions:

1.  The Ontario Principals’ Council: The ISL Certificate is accredited by the OPC – an organization that represents and provides Ontario certificate training for more than 5,000 school leaders in Ontario, Canada. Over the past 20 years, OPC has trained over 10,000 school leaders.  The ISL Certificate Program is the international version; however, given the regulatory demands and the Ontario specific knowledge required for principals, the ISL Certificate does not provide portability to Ontario.

2.  Universities: The ISL School-level Program is certified by a number of universities around the world: Western University, Canada, University of Hong Kong, Charles Stuart University, Australia, and Edith Cowan University, Australia.  In fact, in a partnership with Western University, the ISL Program represents 50% of the content of the Masters of Professional Education – International School Leadership. With Western University and the universities noted-approved prior learning credit is applied to their respective school leadership Master’s degrees.

International School Leadership Certificate Program:

Participants are required to have a minimum of 3 years of full-time teaching in a k-12 school and an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

International School System Leadership Certificate Program: 

Participants are required to have experience as a leader at the school or system level.

English is the language of instruction unless otherwise contracted. ISL has extensive experience in delivering with the support of translation and interpretation services. 

What certificates will be issued?

Upon the completion of a module, ISL will issue a Certificate of Completion. 

Upon the completion of certificate requirements (Modules 1 to 6), ISL will issue an International School Leadership Certificate or International School System Leadership Certificate.

How many hours of professional learning are involved?

How many hours for the ISL Certificates?

  • 100% online: 15 hours per modules 1-5 and 10 hours for Module 6: total of 85 hours
  • 100% onsite: 12 hours per modules 1-5 and 10 hours for Module 6: total of 70 hours (some variation depending upon the hours per day involved in the specific program
  •   Hybrid delivery: dependent upon mix of online and onsite.
What documentation of professional learning hours is available?

Upon request, ISL will provide participants with a document confirming the hours of professional learning.

Online

Modules 1 to 5 $452 CAD per module
Module 6 – $113 CAD 

Full certificate – $2373 CADconvert to your currency 
The Master’s Dimension $565 CAD

Onsite

Modules 1 to 5 – $400 CAD per module plus venue costs
Module 6 – $113 CAD (online)

Full certificate – cost dependent upon location

Under Contract

Contact inquiries@ischoolleadership.com for contract pricing.

Should the modules be taken in order?

Our experience and research with participants show that the sequence of module completion is not a critical issue. Modules are numbered for description purposes only. We suggest that participants commence our program based on a self-assessment and availability.

How many modules must be completed to register for Module 6?

3 modules must be completed before registering for Module 6.  

Do I need to complete all modules?

No, each module may be viewed as a discrete professional learning opportunity that meets your individual needs.

What is the cost? 

Modules 1 to 5 $452 CAD per module
Module 6 – $113 CAD 

Full certificate $2373 CADconvert to your currency 
The Master’s Dimension $565 CAD

What Learning Management System is used?

International School Leadership utilizes Canvas, a cutting-edge learning management system. 

What technical assistance is required?

After registration in an online module, the participant will receive instructions for accessing and using Canvas. Once the module has started, participants have the support of the instructor and a ‘Help’ icon.

What does an online module look like? 

View a demo module 

How much time is required?

The progression of all online modules assumes that participants will spend 3 to 4 hours a week working on the assignments for the duration of the 5-week module.         

To what extent is the learning synchronous (occurring at the same time) and asynchronous for participants?

The modules are designed for cohort learning. Within the structure of a week, the learning is asynchronous – participants may determine the time for the completion of the assigned work, with the expectation that all participants stay in pace with the group.

Each module involves one, 1-hour webinar. Instructors will identify the time/day of the webinar in consultation with module participants. Where attendance is not possible, participants will be required to view the recorded session.

What is the cost?

Unless otherwise contracted, the cost per 1.5 day modules is $400 CAD plus venue costs.   Two modules are often delivered over three days. 

What materials and resources are provided?

An online Learning Forum using Canvas is created for each event. Participants are given access prior to the event.  All materials are provided online and participants are required to utilize a device to access the material during the event.  Printing of documents is only undertaken where specifically contracted.  

A PDF of the Powerpoint will be available for downloading.

What work is required before or after the event?

Participants are asked to log onto the Learning Forum prior to the event. The instructor will provide a brief introduction and an overview of the event.

After the event, participants are required to complete a reflection that will be reviewed and assessed by the instructor.  Additional resources will also be available.

Who arranges for accommodation and meals?  

ISL is not involved in arranging accommodation, although recommendations may be provided.  Morning snacks, lunch, and afternoon snacks may be included.  The specifics will be included in the advertising item for the event. 

Payment is done by using PayPal, with major credit cards. Payment is required for confirmation of registration. 

It is also possible to pay by bank transfer. An invoice is made available during the registration process.

All payment is required in CDN currency.

As a school leader in an international/private school, why should I take the program?

The program is competitively priced and available online and onsite. The online is an affordable alternative to expensive, in-person programs. We try to bring the onsite delivery to you.

The certificate is recognized for prior-learning credit by several universities.
  • The program focuses on instructional leadership and draws on a wide range of literature from public and international schools. 
  • After reviewing the program and involving representatives in a number of modules, the Council of International Schools encouraged members to consider our program. 
  • ISL instructors include a cadre of individuals who have led international schools.
  • Our research (module evaluations) shows that the program is excellent professional learning for leaders in international/private schools.  
  • We have delivered the program online to leaders from Lesotho, Vietnam, China, Japan, Southern Korea, Switzerland, United States, Equator, Columbia, India, Mexico, Singapore, Bermuda, Thailand, Ukraine, Australia, Uganda, Norway, Germany, U.A.E, Qatar, Kuwait, Russia, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Lithuania and Hungary.                 
  • We have delivered the program onsite in Brazil, South Africa, Lesotho, Qatar, China, Norway, Belgium, Mexico, Qatar, Peru, Aruba, and Cayman Islands.
As a school leader in a public (state) school, why should I take the program?
  • It provides excellent professional learning for aspiring school leaders and those currently in a role.
  • The online modules provide an opportunity to learn with school leaders from other countries. 
  • The onsite modules are contextualized to ensure the application of theory to practice. 
  • We have delivered the program onsite to all school leaders within a number of jurisdictions: Tromso (Norway), Malmo (Sweden), Cayman Islands, Aruba, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • We have delivered the program onsite to school leaders who registered for events cosponsored by local organizations – in Norway, Western Australia, Belgium, Iceland (TBA), and Denmark.
  • We conducted an extensive research project into the impact of our program across 3 continents.
Cancellation of Registration for an Online Module: 
  • registration deadline is 7 days prior to the posted commencement date of the module
  • cancellation of registration prior to deadline results in a (1) 95% refund or (2) credit for a future module
  • cancellation of registration after the deadline and before the commencement date of the module results in a (1) 50% refund or (2) credit for a future module
  • cancellation of registration after the commencement date of the module results in a credit for a future module where ISL accepts the reason
  • Participants must direct an email to inquiries@ischoolleadership.com to
    initiate cancellation
Cancellation of Registration for an Onsite Session:
  • registration deadline is set for each event and posted in the registration information
  • cancellation of registration prior to deadline results in a 95% refund
  • cancellation of registration after the deadline and 30 days before the event date results in a 50% refund
  • cancellation of registration after commencement of the event results in a 0% refund 
  • Confirmation of an onsite event will be issued on the day following the published, registration deadline. Participants are encouraged to receive confirmation from ISL prior to committing to any travel and accommodation arrangements. ISL will not be held responsible for travel and accommodation costs 
  • Participants must direct an email to inquiries@ischoolleadership.com to
    initiate cancellation.
Where ISL cancels:
  • With online modules, the registrant will be offered a different module, a future module, or a 100% refund
  • With onsite events, the registrant will be offered a 100% refund of the registration fee. ISL will not be held responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

Confirmation of an onsite event will be issued on the day following the published, registration-deadline date and time (11:59 PM). Participants are encouraged to receive confirmation from ISL prior to committing to any travel and accommodation arrangements. ISL will not be held responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

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