The Master of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Teacher Leadership is designed for licensed teachers interested in becoming highly effective teachers and experts in instructional leadership, classroom management and curriculum coaching. The master‛s in teacher leadership curriculum focuses on students acquiring a repertoire of skills that enable them to function comfortably and effectively in a changing learning environment. Students in this program will learn techniques involved in the successful engagement and management of a learning environment. Students will explore the foundations for instructional design along with the tools for instructional planning.
In the master‛s in teacher leadership program, teachers will gain an understanding of the complexity of being a leader in times of change. Students will also develop a vision of systemic change and how to demonstrate practical skills for ensuring smooth day-to-day operations within their school. In addition, this program involves an examination of collegial coaching as a staff development model used to increase student learning, facilitate discussions among colleagues, and build trusting relationships among teachers. Students will reflect on current practices or expand, refine and build new skills by utilizing peer coaching. The interactive process of coaching between teaching professionals to share successful practices, problem-solve and reduce isolation among teachers will be explored. Special emphasis is placed upon peer mentoring and the support of new teachers in their practice.
An action research component is included in the master‛s in teacher leadership program. This participative research project involves the teacher conducting research within his/her current teaching position and then applying the research and impacting change in his/her own classroom or school.
Geared toward individuals who are already licensed as teachers, this master‛s in teacher leadership program does not lead to licensure but may lead to career advancement. Program applicants must submit a copy of a current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience. In addition, it is essential for students to have access to a K-12 classroom to complete the program assignments.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.