Ed.D. Teacher Leadership

Program Description

Teacher Leadership (GaPSC Rule 505-3-.53) 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 learning.

The Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership program includes a minimum of 45 hours of study in four areas and a six-month residency. In the residency, the teacher leader candidate works with the Candidate Support Team to develop 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

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


April 1 for Summer consideration - ALL documents must be submitted by deadline date .

Contact Us

For admissions information please contact GradEd@kennesaw.edu.
For additional program information please contact Dr. Raynice Jean-Sigur at rjeansig@kennesaw.edu.