Master of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Teacher Leadership Advanced Program for Continuing Professional Education

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.

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $1,045 N/A
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $17,890 N/A
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate 83% N/A
Median Private Loan Debt $0 N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt $30,524 N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Education Teachers, Postsecondary
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  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  5. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  6. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate and includes the Graduation Fee. Full time students enrolled at a program taken at the main campus include a Student Activity Fee, charged every semester. Online programs include a one time Learning Management Fee. Some programs may also include additional fees based on course materials.
  7. On-time graduation rates and median loan debt are based on students who graduated in the 2011-2012 award year.
  8. Not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities.
  9. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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