The graduate program in Teacher Leadership is designed for practicing teachers who aspire to further their professional development and leadership skills. Aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), this 30-semester hour master's program renews and strengthens teachers' professional dispositions, improves knowledge and skills, and prepares teachers to be instructional leaders committed to the pursuit of social justice.
The Teacher Leadership program is ideal for practicing teachers who require flexible course times and choice of subject matter. The program may be completed fully online or in a blended format (both online and face-to-face). Six core courses are offered fully online for maximum flexibility and to provide urban, suburban, and rural perspectives. Four elective courses allow students to add endorsements and/or approvals to their teaching certificate, or to obtain additional content knowledge in disciplines throughout the university.
Applicants for admission must possess an undergraduate degree and an undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. They also must hold a valid teaching certificate, and have at least one year of teaching experience. Students with a 3.0 admission GPA or better are eligible for a Dean’s Scholarship over the duration of their program of study.
To earn the MA in Teacher Leadership, students must complete 30 semester hours of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. No grades below C may apply toward the degree, and no more than two courses with grades of C are allowed (C- grades are unacceptable). The program faculty routinely assess students for evidence of professional dispositions.
Recommended Areas of Concentration
Four elective classes may be taken from among the concentrations below to complete the TLED degree, receive an endorsement, enhance content knowledge, or earn a type 75 administrative certificate.
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