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A QUICK look at the Teacher Leadership M.Ed Programprofessor students


  • Students seeking this degree aspire to future positions as teacher instructional leaders within a school or district setting.
  • Students will develop strategies for influencing organizational change and supporting school improvement efforts.
  • Students will learn to challenge traditional assumptions and perspectives embedded in organizational practices to improve the educational experiences and equitable outcomes for students and the school community..


  • Earn a master’s degree in K-12 Teacher Instructional Leadership.
  • Learn skills to support career choices as an instructional coach, teacher mentor, district specialist or staff developer.
  • Classes offered in evening to accommodate educators.
  • Cohorts begin each semester Fall, Spring, Summer.

Introduction to the ELP Department

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, a division of the College of Education, emphasizes the application of theory and research to the practice of administration in K-12 schools. The Department has a strong national reputation and has a faculty prominent in their respective areas of leadership expertise. Faculty members are prominent and active leaders in national organizations such as the University Council for Educational Administration, the American Educational Research Association, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Introduction to the Teacher Instructional Leadership Program

The Teacher Instructional Leadership M.Ed. program is a two year program (36 credit hours) intended for K12 educators. Classes begin each semester, with program completion expected at the conclusion of two years (six semesters). Students attend classes three semesters (summer, fall and spring) per year and are enrolled in two courses (six credit hours) each semester. Teacher Instructional Leadership students take core coursework with an instructional leadership emphasis in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department and may have the option to register for electives in another field based on educational interest.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates earn a master’s degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy. The program is intended to support educators in developing the knowledge and skills specific to instructional leadership and support efforts in effective teacher instructional leadership opportunities in K12 schools.

Program Mission

The mission of the Teacher Instructional Leadership master’s degree is to develop educational leaders who have the appropriate knowledge and skills to raise student achievement, to close the achievement gap, and to create democratic and just school communities. The program is designed to help potential teacher leaders to favorably enhance instruction and learning through leadership capacities in K-12 schools.

Conceptual Framework

As a degree seeking program course work and embedded application experiences develop both conceptual understandings and related clinical skills. The content and processes of the core coursework in the M.Ed. Teacher Instructional Leadership program are founded on a knowledge base thoroughly developed and cited in the educational leadership preparation literature. The knowledge, skills, and dispositions promoted in the program lead to the fundamental goal of improving learning for all students.

To accomplish this goal, the conceptual framework of the Teacher Instructional Leadership program is two dimensional. The first dimension reflects the thematic organization of the program around Leadership; while the second dimension reflects the valued outcomes through context and foundations within K12 schools.

Last Updated: 8/9/16