Develop skills and knowledge specific to leadership in post-secondary institutions such as colleges, polytechnics and universities.

Quick facts
  • One year certificate
  • Full or part-time program
  • You cannot begin this program directly from high school

What you will learn

This certificate is of interest to faculty and staff in any post-secondary institution. The certificate focuses on three broad post-secondary topics:

  • the role of the student and student diversity
  • teaching and learning
  • administration and governance

To complete this program, you will take four required courses. Classes are either face to face or blended (both online and face to face) and will be held on Saturdays or evenings to accommodate working professionals.

  • EADM 437/837: Role of the Student and Student Services in Post-Secondary Education
    The course will critically examine current practices and emergent research on promoting student success in post-secondary education through identification of the roles of the student, examination of the demographics of the current student population, and investigation of the role of student services in supporting student success.
  • EADM 438/838: Administration and Governance in Post-Secondary Education
    This course will analyze the administrative structures and governance processes of a number of post-secondary educational institutions, using overarching theories regarding organizations, leadership, and change management. Underpinning the discussion will be the role of the institution in addressing its mission and vision, while serving the needs of its diverse stakeholders and the local, national and international communities.
  • EADM 439/839: Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education
    This course will investigate adults as learners in post-secondary educational institutions and discuss best methods to promote students’ academic success. The scholarship of teaching and learning will be explored, including theories of student development, discussion of best practices for teaching adult learners, and descriptions of different learning styles.
  • EADM 491: Post Secondary Education Leadership Capstone Project
    This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their understandings, and synthesize key concepts from the three broad perspectives of post-secondary educational institutions: 1) role of the students and student services, 2) administration and governance, and 3) teaching and learning.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

The College of Education offers a number of certificate programs to assist current educators to deepen their knowledge in a chosen area. Certificate programs are flexible, designed to support busy schedules and respond to community needs.

Students in the certificate program have the option of applying for the Master’s program prior to completing the certificate. If students complete the certificate, they can apply to the Master’s program and enter with advanced standing.


There are few opportunities similar to this program offered by other Canadian institutions. In the rapidly changing landscape of post-secondary education, study in this area is for professionals interested in advancing their career.

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $613.50 per class $1,595.10 per class
Fees $392 per year $392 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class.
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a part-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $100 and $200 per class.

College info

The Certificate in Leadership in Post-secondary Education is offered by the College of Education.

Admission requirements and deadlines


  • July 31 for September start dates
  • November 30 for January start dates
  • February 28 for all Spring and Summer start dates

Admission requirements

Applicants will hold one of the following:

  • a recognized degree from an accredited university;
  • a completed two-year or three-year diploma from a recognized technical institution or institution of applied science and technology; OR
  • other credentials and an application for a special case admission review.

This program is not open to international students at this time.

Required documents

  • A current CV emailed to eadm.postsecleadership@usask.ca
  • One official transcript from all non-U of S institutions (not including high school), which must be submitted directly from the institution(s) to the following address by postal mail or courier:

Department of Educational Administration
College of Education
28 Campus Drive, Room 3079
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

Explore related programs

If you are looking for graduate level (Master or Ph.D.) programs please consult our graduate students' website.


For more information, contact the Department of Educational Administration, College of Education at:

Email: eadm.postsecleadership@usask.ca

Department of Educational Administration
College of Education
28 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1