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International professional certificate for school development

Delivered world-wide, International Professional Certificate for School Development (IPCSL) provides international recognition for leadership development and professional achievement.

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The programme has grown from the successful National Professional Qualifications for School Leadership in England and is contextualised to ensure it is relevant for different education systems. The programme is usually delivered in partnership with host organisations such as Ministries of Education, NGOs, School Trusts and Groups.


The IOE’s international school leadership programme is designed to give organisations a flexible approach to developing school leadership capacity.

IPCSL requires a host organisation who will work with the IOE to customise the programme to ensure that it is relevant to national education policy and contributes to strategic priorities.

IPCSL supports school leaders to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they will need in order to be a highly effective senior leader within the context of a specific ministry of education, NGO, school group or trust.

This is a non-credit bearing programme. All participants receive a UCL Institute of Education (IOE) certificate of programme completion.


The core programme requires completion of four modules, an in-school, research-based project and final assessment. Delivery includes two intensive workshops of five days duration separated by around four to six months.

Each day includes around eight hours of module delivery using a variety of approaches including lectures and activity based adult learning. Each workshop will be facilitated by two highly experienced members of IOE faculty and supported by local experts.

The programme also requires compulsory online activity including scheduled web based conferences.

Who this course is for

IPCSL is most suitable for senior school leaders with cross-school responsibilities, for example: a newly appointed school principal, a vice-principal, a curriculum head or other senior staff.

The IPCSL can be used towards a Masters qualification at UCL providing that entry requirements are met.


Completion of IPCSL generally takes between nine and twelve months.


Typical Programme Fees for 2018-19 are likely to be around £2,400 per participant based on a cohort size of 30 and including final assessment. Actual fees are subject to negotiation and depend on the delivery model and word-wide location.