Certified School Culture Advocate

The Certified School Culture Advocate Program.

Become a Certified School Culture Advocate Today!

The School Culture Advocate Certification recognizes educators who excel at research-driven best practices for building a positive school climate and culture. Completing this continuing education coursework will provide you the necessary tools to create welcoming spaces for underrepresented populations, engage students in civic dialogue, and ensure that all students feel safe and support in school. You will be equipped to lead purposeful professional development, form effective partnerships with community stakeholders, and transform   the culture of your district to prepare all of your students for their next steps. 

Certification Overview

Getting Started on Your CSCA Coursework

To become a Certified School Culture Advocate, participants will successfully pass a sequence of courses through the NSSC Academy  where continuing education courses are offered online with asynchronous instruction. Certification requirements include completing core coursework in the Foundations of School Climate and Culture.

Participants will also select elective courses from the NSSC Academy which meet each of the three Climate and Culture Core Competencies:

  • Civic and Social Engagement: These courses provide educators with the tools to promote civil dialogue, integrate social justice topics in curriculum, and build civic and social efficacy in your students.

  • Diversity and Inclusion: These courses highlight the needs of students from underrepresented and marginalized populations. They also highlight the ways educators can create welcoming learning environments for these students.

  • Safety, Support, and Wellness: With the health and safety of students in mind, these courses provide key insight into many of the physical, social, emotional, and mental barriers preventing students from thriving in the K-12 education system. These courses also equip educators with key resources to supports to best advocate for their students.

After the completion of these courses, students will complete the Climate and Culture Capstone. This nine-week course will push participants from being passive participants to transformation leaders. It will engage educators in a holistic understanding of school climate and culture and the ways they can engage student leaders, develop community partnerships, and educate coworkers to create district-level reform!

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CSCA Certification Requirements
NSSC Academy Catalog