M.Ed. School Leadership: Teacher Leadership

This concentration is designed to meet the growing needs for teacher leadership and a broad base of instructional leadership in PreK-12 schools. It is designed for teachers who want to remain in the classroom and exercise leadership through school-wide collaboration, mentoring new teachers, departmental or grade-level leadership, leading professional development, and the improvement of curriculum and instructional strategies. Nine credits of electives and choice of a literacy course allow the student to focus on areas of special interest as a teacher leader. It does not lead to a special TN endorsement. 

  • A teaching certificate and three successful years teaching experience are NOT required for admission but employment as a teacher is highly recommended.
  • The program can be completed in as few as 5 semesters and requires 33 graduate credits.
  • Students progress through the program as a cohort, with new cohorts beginning every August. Admission will be considered for spring and summer terms, however, core courses are only offered once a year.
  • Some courses are the same as those required by the Principal Licensure concentration. Thus a student who earns an M. Ed./Teacher Leadership and later decides to pursue an endorsement as a principal/supervisor may have already completed some of the required courses for licensure.
  • A field experience component of approximately 200 hours is required and is completed throughout the program as part of individual course requirements.

Applicants must initially meet admission requirements to the Graduate School:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average.
  3. Submit the $30 domestic, $35 international non-refundable application fee.
  4. In addition, the following are required for admission to the Teacher Leadership concentration. Submit to the program coordinator. 
  • Evidence of valid teaching license and teaching experience. Current employment as a teacher is strongly recommended but not required 
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your leadership potential 
  • A resume 
  • A 2-3 page leadership essay, presenting your accomplishments, goals and interests in being a teacher leader 
  • Interview with program faculty 

EDAS 5010: Methods of Educational Research

3cr

EDUC 5610, 5620, or 5630: Literacy Course

3cr

EDAS 5630: School Law

3cr

EDAS 5710: Leadership for School Improvement

3cr

EDAS 5730: School Culture and Climate

3cr

EDAS 5740: Curriculum Leadership

3cr

EDAS 5750: Instructional Leadership/Assessment

3cr

EDAS 5900: Capstone

3cr

Electives as approved by advisor

9cr

The State exam (SLLA) is not required as a condition of graduation.)


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