The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Teacher Leadership is designed for certified educators who want to remain in classroom teaching while, at the same time, extend their influence beyond the walls of their own classrooms. The program is designed to help teachers improve their knowledge and skills in teaching their own content areas as well as in leadership where they develop expertise in leading other educators to improve teaching and learning across all subject areas and grade levels. The Teacher Leadership program addresses the expanded roles and responsibilities of teachers in schools, including data-driven assessment and decision making for school improvement, leading professional learning communities, applying research to practice, improving teaching and learning, and collaborating with families and the community.
The 36-semester hour program includes six hours in foundations courses, fifteen hours in teacher leadership courses, twelve hours in content area pedagogy courses, and a three-hour internship. Additionally, candidates complete the internship over two semesters where they gain experience as teacher leaders under the supervision of P-12 and university coaches and mentors.
Graduates of the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership will:
The program integrates theoretical frameworks with practical and performance based experiences by combining academic content with field experiences and internships. The program model also provides candidates access to graduate-level instruction from faculty in multiple disciplines which allows them the opportunity to broaden their understandings of the total school community and expose them to a wide variety of P-12 educational processes.
NOTE: For Georgia certification, candidates must satisfactorily complete the state testing requirement for Teacher Leadership; the certificate is a P-12, service field.
Admission to the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership Degree is as follows:
This program has a fully online option as well as a blended option (which includes both face-to-face and online instruction).
Upon successful completion of the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership program, the candidate will be eligible for a Georgia teaching certificate (S-5; the letter "S" indicates that the certificate is in a service, P-12 field and the number "5" indicates that the candidate's highest degree is a master's degree recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission). For more information about applying for a certificate, go to http://www.gapsc.com CSU candidates should contact the Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences at 706-568-2191 with any questions about the application process for certification.
Students admitted as candidates for the Master of Education degree must satisfactorily complete a planned program of study and a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. At least 18 of these hours must be in courses numbered 6000 or above. A graduate student's program, planned cooperatively with an advisor from the College of Education, will emphasize development both in the teaching field and in professional studies. Specific questions concerning Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for teacher certification should be directed to the Office of COE Services and Field Experiences, or to the department that offers the student's area of study.
This Degree is subjected to the following requirements:
Academic Forgivenesspolicy does not apply to graduate studies.
The M.Ed. degree requirements are located in the academic catalog.
All educator preparation programs in the College of Education and Health Professions are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.