Ed.D. Teacher Leadership

Program Description

Teacher Leadership prepares teachers with Level 6 certification for “providing professional development, building a school culture of continuous improvement and becoming change agents while maintaining the role of classroom teacher” (GaPSC Guidance for Educators, May 9, 2012). Graduates of this performance-based program will be teacher leaders who plan and lead professional development; who mentor and coach other teachers; who align curriculum, instruction, and assessment; who model best teaching practices; who analyze data and improve
learning through data-informed decision-making; who apply research-based approaches
to instructional challenges; and who collaborate with all stakeholders to improve student

The Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership program includes a minimum of 48 hours and is
delivered in an online format. The program’s focus on adult learning strategies, family
and school collaboration, peer coaching and research prepares candidates for
instructional leadership. Course assignments including a residency project and research
are in done in KSU partner schools. Upon admission into the Teacher Leadership
Program, partnership agreements with schools and KSU must be on file and
documented. Assignments and field work are done to prepare candidates for the
Teacher Leadership GACE exam. Candidates are required to take the Teacher
Leadership GACE exam before completing the program. Program graduates will earn
the initial certification in Teacher Leadership offered through the Georgia Professional
Standards Commission (Ga-PSC) upon successful completion of the program.
Additionally, doctoral candidates will conduct develop and conduct their dissertation
research under the guidance of a dissertation chair and committee. Doctoral candidates
must complete and successfully defend their dissertations prior to program completion
and graduation.


Program of Study

The Four Areas of Study Include:

  • Certification in Teacher Leadership (24)
  • Advanced Teacher Leadership (6)
  • Research (6)
  • Dissertation (9)

How do I Apply

  1. Decide which Graduate Program you would like to pursue.
  2. View or print the Admission Requirements Checklist for your chosen program.
  3. Complete and Submit the Online Graduate Application.
  4. Schedule Testing.
  5. Gather and Submit support documents.
  6. Additional requirements for International Students.
  7. Be sure to meet the posted deadlines.
  8. Investigate Financial Aid.

Only Completed Application Packets will be considered for admissions. Please send your materials to:

Kennesaw State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
1000 Chastain Road, MB 9109
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Teacher Leadership Program has courses that emphasize leadership in the
    classroom and the community. Many candidates interested in this program are wishing
    to become program and instructional leaders and coaches at their workplaces. The
    program provides opportunities for teachers to strengthen their knowledge and skills in
    working with other teachers, families and community leaders in the areas of research and instruction. Candidates who graduate from the Teacher Leadership program go on
    to become instructional coaches, curriculum leaders, educational research team
    leaders, program leaders, instructional advocates and mentor teachers in their work
    environments. Many candidates want to remain in the classroom or work closely with
    teachers in their classrooms. Persons interested in becoming a school administrator,
    principal, school district superintendent may want to apply to the Educational
    Leadership program. This program may have courses that focus on school
    administration, organization and management of educational programs and leadership
    at the administration level.

  • Teacher Leadership candidates at KSU are working towards earning initial certification
    in Teacher Leadership through the Georgia PSC. As a part of this work, the Teacher
    Leadership Program requires candidates to participate in field work and complete
    assignments in KSU partner schools. A Georgia Partnership Agreement form is required
    and should be on file for each Teacher Leadership student upon admission into the
    program. Because of this requirement, it is difficult for candidates outside the state of
    Georgia to complete the program.

  • Candidates within the program must complete their field work and assignments in
    Georgia partner schools. Field work and assignments maybe completed at your
    workplace as long as a Georgia Partnership Agreement is on file when beginning the
  • There are seven (7) required courses that all Teacher Leadership candidates take in
    order to prepare them for the Teacher Leadership GACE and initial Teacher Leadership
    certification. Those courses are not transferable. For additional questions regarding
    course transferability, please contact the Teacher Leadership program coordinator, Dr.
    Raynice Jean-Sigur, at rjeansig@kennesaw.edu.

  • Because the Teacher Leadership initial certification can only be earned once you will
    not be eligible to apply for the Teacher Leadership Programs at KSU at the M.Ed., Ed.S
    or Ed.D. levels.
  • The courses that are in the Doctoral Degree in Teacher Leadership Program are listed

    Candidates must complete and defend their dissertation research before completing the

    Teacher Leadership Certification

    • TLED 7000: Foundations of Teacher Leadership
    • TLED 7101: Critical Analysis of Policy, Theory, & Praxis for Teacher Leaders
    • TLED 7465: Professional Learning in Schools
    • TLED 7785: Collaboration with Families and Community
    • TLED 7980: Action Research in Schools
    • TLED 7990: Residency & Capstone
    • TLED 8200: Mentoring, Coaching and Facilitating School Improvement

      Additional Program Requirements
    • ITEC 7305: Data Analysis and School improvement
    •  ITEC 7400: 21st Century Teaching and Learning
    • TLED 8830: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Teacher Leaders

      Research Requirements
    • EDRS 8100: Qualitative Research I
    • EDRS 8200: Quantitative Research I
    • EDRS 9100: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
    • EDRS 9200: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

    • TLED 9900: Dissertation

      Program Total (Ed.D.) (Minimum 48 Credit Hours)


  • The Teacher Leadership Program accepts candidates once a year with the anticipation
    that courses begin in Summer after the application deadline. All application materials
    are due by April 1. All documents must be submitted by the deadline date.


The Teacher Leadership Program accepts candidates once a year with the anticipation
that courses begin in Summer after the application deadline. All application materials
are due by April 1. All documents must be submitted by the deadline date.

Contact Us

For information on graduate admissions, please call 470-578-6043 or email educ_grad@kennesaw.edu.

For additional information about our program, please contact Dr. Arvin Johnson at ajohn560@kennesaw.edu or 470-578-3354.