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

Graduate Degree Candidates

Currently enrolled KSU students may apply for admission to the Teacher Leadership Endorsement while enrolled in programs that lead to a T-5 certificate or higher.

Non-Degree Candidates

The Teacher Leadership Endorsement program employs a holistic evaluation of non-degree candidates for admission to the program, which considers the candidate’s teaching or professional experience, prior graduate or undergraduate coursework, the faculty’s belief in the candidate’s likely success in the program, and other factors relevant to the university, college, and program mission. Candidates wishing to obtain the Teacher Leadership Endorsement as non-degree students typically meet the following admission requirements:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree in teaching or a closely related field
  • Clear, renewable Georgia T-5 certification (or comparable from another state)
  • 2.75 GPA on prior academic work
  • Letter of Support Form from supervisor (e.g. principal, assistant principal, department chair, or grade level chair)
  • Prior P-12 teaching and/or leadership experience

Non-degree candidates completing the Teacher Leadership Endorsement who subsequently wish to transfer credit for the endorsement into a graduate degree program at Kennesaw State University must meet the admission requirements as outlined for that degree; be fully admitted to the degree; and have approval from the program coordinator of the degree program to transfer the non-degree endorsement courses to the program of study. General requirements for applying to graduate study are outlined below; however, specific graduate programs may have additional application requirements.

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Submit official transcripts from each college attended, including those institutions where degrees were not earned
  • Obtain and submit a copy of Georgia Teaching Certification (clear, renewable) or comparable
  • Submit signed Letter of Support Form
  • Additional requirements apply for international candidates: http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions/intlreqtsnew.html

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases

To be determined by the program coordinator and admissions committee

Priority Deadline

The deadline for applications is April 1.

Contact Us

Contact Dr. Arvin Johnson for more information at 470-578-3354 or ajohn560@kennesaw.edu