Social Justice Teacher Leader Certificate

The Social Justice Teacher Leader Certificate (SJTLC) at UC Berkeley is a professional learning certificate program designed for practicing educators who want to develop their capacity to drive social justice within their context. The program allows teacher leaders to engage in ongoing, job-embedded professional learning focused specifically on the knowledge and skills they need to effect equitable change in classrooms and schools.

The SJTLC is designed to support teacher leaders and provide the community, flexibility and individualization they need. The SJTLC has multiple entry points, and can be completed in one academic year or across multiple years.

The program allows for a unifying cohort experience, as well as personalization based on each educator’s unique interests, goals, and needs. Each participant completes three foundational modules alongside a cohort of like-minded social-justice-oriented teacher leaders, and two individual elective modules that align with their specific interests. Teacher leaders may opt to further develop their skills in one area by taking all three electives offered in one strand, and that specialization will be noted on their certificate.  

Program Structure

To complete the certificate, participants must complete three required modules (“Foundations”) and 2–3 electives.

Foundations (Required Modules)

There are three required Foundations modules:

Elective Modules

Participants must select at least two elective modules. These can all be within one strand or across strands. For those who wish to have a specialization noted on their certificate, they must complete all three electives in that strand.

Program Details

Where and when are the modules offered? 

  • Currently, all modules are being held online, weekdays after school hours (typically starting at 4:00 or 4:30).
  • When COVID conditions improve, we hope to offer electives on weekends and in hybrid/in-person formats for those interested, in accordance with local public health regulations. In-person participation would be on the UC Berkeley campus.
  • For details, please see our SJTLC Program Calendar

What will I earn from participating? 

  • The Social Justice Teacher Leader Certificate (a professional learning certificate from the UC Berkeley Leadership Programs) 
  • Verification of successful completion of the relevant modules
  • While these modules are not unit bearing, CEUs are available through Dominican University (for additional cost)

What are the requirements for applying for the program?

  • Applicants should hold a valid California teaching or PPS credential. Independent school educators, please contact us directly.
  • Applicants are expected to be in a context where they can apply their learning. They should hold a teacher leader role, such as: grade level/department chair, BTSA/TICC coach, instructional coach, PLC facilitator, TSA, Instructional Leadership Team or Data Team member—essentially, a role where they can exercise teacher leadership.


  • The cost of the entire program is $3,750 ($750 per module for 5 modules).
  • CEUs are available through Dominican University for an additional cost (1 unit per module, $55/unit). 
  • Sponsorship is available via the 21CSLA Grant—see details below.

21CSLA Grant Sponsorship Opportunity

Educators at qualifying schools may have the cost of three modules a year (not including CEUs) completely subsidized by the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy (21CSLA) grant.

If you qualify, you could earn your Social Justice Teacher Leadership certificate for no charge, if completed across two years.

21CSLA application instructions will be sent after SJTLC application is received.

Do I qualify?

You may be eligible if you work in a qualifying school site in one of the following two regions:

How to Apply

  1. Recommended: Attend an Information Session
  2. Apply here
    • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  3. Notification of admission: Rolling as long as space is still available
  4. Deadline to register: June 1, 2022
  5. Optional: Apply for 21CSLA Sponsorship (Deadline: June 8, 2022)
    • Instructions will be sent after program application is received