The Department of Teacher Education is excited to be offering a new Master of Education with a Major in Teacher Leadership. This degree offers teachers of all disciplines and grade levels the opportunity to develop leadership skills that they can take back to their classrooms, schools, and communities.
In this time of tremendous change in education, from curriculum initiatives such as the Common Core to a new teacher assessment system, district schools need leaders. This degree program is crucial toward meeting the demands of an ever-changing educational environment.
All schools need teacher leaders to design curriculum, guide new teachers, supervise student teachers, conduct workshops and perform in countless other leadership roles. Every teacher can benefit from developing leadership skills and contributing to the school community.
This degree program will be offered primarily on line with some required class meetings and synchronous instruction throughout each semester. The degree also requires an intensive internship or residency that involves oversight and supervision by university faculty.
After completion of this degree, candidates will be eligible to apply with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for a certification upgrade. The program is designed for classroom teachers who want to improve their leadership skills but remain in the classroom. Applicants must have a minimum of three years teaching experience in a K-12 classroom and must be recommended by their school administrator.
The 36 hour program will consist of content specific courses and professional studies courses. Content and professional education courses will emphasize use of technology and action research with pupils in diverse school settings. Content specific courses will be taught using classroom and laboratory methods. The curriculum will be delivered over two years with individual programs of study developed for each participant. The last semesters will consist of completing an action research project and thesis.
Since this Master of Education in Leadership builds upon the work of classroom teachers, course offerings must be made to accommodate their workday and work load. Candidates will normally enroll in six hours of coursework per semester during the school year and six to nine hours during the summer term.
This degree will be offered primarily through distance learning. The Education courses will be offered on line as will many of the content discipline courses. Some coursework in the content areas may be offered as evening hybrid courses.
This program is designed to create and foster leadership skills for area teachers who wish to become stronger leaders in their own schools, districts, and communities. By the end of the program, candidates will be able to: