Teacher Leadership, M.Ed.

Program Description

Teacher Leadership prepares teachers 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 learning.

The M.Ed. with a major in Teacher Leadership program includes a minimum of 36 hours of study in three areas and a six-month residency. In the residency, the teacher leader candidate develops an Individual Growth Plan (IGP) and a Residency Project Proposal, then seeks out opportunities at multiple settings to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective teacher leaders. Candidates present their Residency Project and Capstone Portfolio as evidence of their accomplishment in the areas specified by the Teacher Leadership standards.

Program of Study

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

  • EDUC 7725: Best Practices in Teaching and Learning in Content Field
  • ITEC 7400: 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  • TLED 8830: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Teacher Leaders
  • ITEC 7305: Data Analysis and School improvement

Research Requirements

  • EDRS 8000: Applied Quantitative & Qualitative Research Program

Total (36 Credit Hours)

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu.
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate - To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com.
  • Personal Reflections Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should be 1-2 pages and address your professional training and interest, educational beliefs, professional goals, and why you seek to pursue your degree at KSU.
  • Mentor Form - This program requires that you have a qualified mentor who meets the GaPSC Mentor requirements at each phase in your program.
  • Resume or Professional Vitae - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document your education, years of teaching experience, current school and district, volunteer and service activities in which you have participated, and any leadership involvement. Resume MUST reflect at least THREE years of professional teaching or administrative experience prior to admission consideration.
  • Employment - Candidates are required to be employed as teachers or administrators in a traditional public school district, a charter school district, a charter school, or an independent school BPSC regulation, candidates must be referred for admissions by their respective schools/districts, and Kennesaw State University must hold a Performance-Based partnership with the referring district.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Two Professional Recommendations - Please use the online recommendation system to have your recommendation form sent electronically from sources that can address your success in teaching, ability for success in graduate study, and commitment to learners.
  • Interview - An interview may be required. If so, you will be contacted by the program to set up an interview. 

Priority Deadline

The deadline for applications is April 1.

Contact Us

Contact for more information at 470-578-6888 or Dr. Miyoshi Juergensen, mjuerge1@kennesaw.edu & Dr. Tamela Thomas, tthom388@kennesaw.edu

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