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Graduate School

Graduate School

Teacher Leadership: Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Program Description

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:

  • Model professionalism and best practices in teaching and learning and serve as a mentor and coach for other educators;
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders to build a positive school culture and to improve teaching and learning;
  • Facilitate the design and implementation of effective professional learning based on identified student and teacher needs;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of curriculum and assessment that includes the use of data analysis for decision making;
  • Access and conduct research to use in improving teaching and learning.

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 Requirements

Admission to the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership Degree is as follows:

  1. Complete requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a related field of study.
  2. A cumulative 2.75 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work for regular admission and a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) for provisional admission. A cumulative 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average on any transfer graduate work.
  3. A clear, renewable level 4 or higher professional teaching, service, or leadership certificate in the field of study for which the applicant will specialize.
  4. A minimum of three years teaching experience in the field in which the applicant will specialize.
  5. A personal statement of purpose not to exceed 400 words, which identifies the applicant’s interest in the program and reason for pursuing graduate study.
  6. Two letters of recommendation, with one being from the candidate’s school system administrator (superintendent) or designee.

Program Requirements

The M.Ed. degree requirements are located in the academic catalog.

Requirements for Graduation

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:

  • Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. Academic Forgiveness policy does not apply to graduate studies.
  • Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" or below in more than two (2) graduate courses (may be appealed to the College of Education Graduate Council).
  • A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a masters degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below cannot be transferred. The student's advisor and the coordinator of the program in which the student is enrolled must approve any courses transferred.
  • All students must complete an electronic portfolio as the culminating project.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment.

Career Opportunities

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 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.


Dr. Burcham

Dr. Jan Burcham

Position: Department Chair / Professor
Office: Jordan Hall 303
Phone: 706-507-8519


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.