The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teacher Leadership is a 2-year, fully online program that enables practicing PK-12 teachers to gain an understanding of school-based teacher leadership roles and responsibilities. The program is aligned to the National Teacher Leadership Standards developed by the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium. There are also two courses in the program which address the new nation-wide initiative related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of currently employed, certified teachers who wish to pursue a master’s degree that prepares them to pursue roles as department chairs, curriculum coaches, demonstration teachers, professional development specialist, and other non-administrative leadership positions. Based on the National Teacher Leadership Standards, the objectives of the program are aimed at developing teachers who are able to:
- coach and mentor others
- leverage technology to foster collaboration
- systematically look at classroom based and school based data to identify pupils’ needs and collaboratively select intervention methods
- apply understanding about diverse schools when developing culturally relevant professional development
- use the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a teacher leader to enable them to lead from the classroom
Required Courses and Admission Cycle
The ten required courses will be offered in a two-year cycle. Each course runs for 7 weeks and is offered once a year. Students can apply and enter the program during any of the 7-week sessions. Students will be required to take at least one course per 7-week session and will complete the program in two years.
Technology and Online Interface
All courses will be delivered completely online and will be asynchronous, meaning that you can log on any time to complete course requirements and “attend” lectures.
For more information about the program, please contact the program coordinator Dr. Elizabeth Soslau at email@example.com.