The online master of science in teacher leadership program, offered by the School of Education, intends to prepare teacher leaders who have a clear vision of the educated person and can work collaboratively with others toward aligning students' experiences and school programs to support that vision. The objectives of the program are aligned with the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council.
Graduates of the program will understand current research on learning theory and human motivation and be able to use that knowledge to promote the continuous improvement of student learning. They will value and understand diverse perspectives, establish goals and work cooperatively with colleagues and school administrators to improve the quality of school programs, and utilize multiple strategies to help shape the school culture in a way that fosters collaboration among all stakeholders to establish rigorous academic standards for all students.
The program consists of a planned sequence of 30 credits. The first 21 credits are required of all candidates and focus on the following themes:
- Transforming school culture
- Leading instruction to improve student learning
- Understanding research on best practices in literacy instruction
- Embracing diversity in classroom and school communities
- Leading school improvement
The additional nine credits in the program are related to the teacher's area of specialization, including:
- Literacy leadership
- Mathematics leadership
- Program improvement leadership
Within the literacy and mathematics specializations, students further develop their own skills as a teacher, as a mentor of both novice and experienced peers, and conduct action research in teacher leadership as a capstone experience. Within the program improvement leadership specialization, students gain knowledge and skills to plan, develop and implement effective professional development; to evaluate educational programs; and to finance school improvement initiatives.
A capstone experience, the development of a grant application to meet specific school and/or district needs, is required of the program improvement leadership candidates.
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