The Nova Scotia Instructional Leadership Academy (NSILA) Program is offered by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in partnership with the Educational Leadership Consortium. The goal of the Academy’s program is to improve the capacity for school-based instructional leadership, aimed at increasing student learning and achievement in Nova Scotia public schools. The NSILA program extends over three years and leads to a Diploma in Instructional Leadership. The diploma is granted by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. It signifies that holders of the Diploma in Instructional Leadership have achieved and demonstrated competency in instructional leadership. Under the Education Act Regulations, the Instructional Leadership Program is a means for a participant to upgrade his/her teacher certificate level.