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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. 

Access for the GACE Handbook is found at http://gace.ets.org/s/pdf/gace_teacher_leadership_assessment_candidate_handbook.pdf .

The GaPSC granted two (2) additional years for Teacher Leadership (TL) candidates who entered TL programs on or before January 15, 2014, to pass the Teacher Leadership GACE. The GaPSC is amending our content assessment requirement in the field of Teacher Leadership to allow for a full pilot period as follows:

  • As part of a full pilot, all candidates completing state-approved Teacher Leadership Programs between Spring 2014 and Summer 2016 must attempt, but do not have to pass the Teacher Leadership GACE to meet the assessment requirement of the certificate upgrade. These candidates will receive their certificate upgrade upon program completion and recommendation by their EPP, but have two (2) years to attempt the Teacher Leadership GACE before their certificate upgrade expires.
  • After the pilot period, all candidates completing state-approved Teacher Leadership Programs Fall 2016 or later must pass the Teacher Leadership GACE to meet the assessment requirement of the certificate upgrade. These candidates will receive their certificate upgrade upon program completion and recommendation by their EPP, but have one (1) year to pass the Teacher Leadership GACE before their certificate upgrade expires.

All TL candidates are encouraged to submit their best work during this full pilot period, which will provide useful data to inform their practice and to inform your TL program.

Regarding the date of the submission windows, the proposed submission deadlines for administrations through Spring 2018 are provided below:

 Administration Window  Submission Window Deadline  Score Report Available (approx.)
 Spring 2015  31-May-15  15-Jul-15
 Fall 2015  31-Dec-15  15-Feb-16
 Spring 2016  30-Apr-16  15-Jun-16
 Fall 2016  31-Dec-16  15-Feb-17
 Spring 2017  30-Apr-17  15-Jun-17
 Fall 2017  31-Dec-17  15-Feb-18
 Spring 2018  30-Apr-18  15-Jun-18

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 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.

Faculty

Dr. Burcham

Dr. Jan Burcham

Position: Department Chair / Professor
Office: Jordan Hall 303
Phone: 706-507-8519
E-mail: burcham_jan@columbusstate.edu
Bio

Accreditation

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.

Additional Information

Forms and Resources

  • Information for Getting Started with CougarView
  • Help for Navigating CougarNet and student records in ISIS
  • Teacher Leadership GACE (required performance assessment for certification in the state of Georgia)
  • Teacher Leadership Internship Handbook
  • Teacher Leadership Internship Application
  • GACE Information:
    • Access the GACE Handbook at http://gace.ets.org/s/pdf/gace_teacher_leadership_assessment_candidate_handbook.pdf .

      The GaPSC granted two (2) additional years for Teacher Leadership (TL) candidates who entered TL programs on or before January 15, 2014, to pass the Teacher Leadership GACE. The GaPSC is amending our content assessment requirement in the field of Teacher Leadership to allow for a full pilot period as follows:

      • As part of a full pilot, all candidates completing state-approved Teacher Leadership Programs between Spring 2014 and Summer 2016 must attempt, but do not have to pass the Teacher Leadership GACE to meet the assessment requirement of the certificate upgrade. These candidates will receive their certificate upgrade upon program completion and recommendation by their EPP, but have two (2) years to attempt the Teacher Leadership GACE before their certificate upgrade expires.
      • After the pilot period, all candidates completing state-approved Teacher Leadership Programs Fall 2016 or later must pass the Teacher Leadership GACE to meet the assessment requirement of the certificate upgrade. These candidates will receive their certificate upgrade upon program completion and recommendation by their EPP, but have one (1) year to pass the Teacher Leadership GACE before their certificate upgrade expires.

      All TL candidates are encouraged to submit their best work during this full pilot period, which will provide useful data to inform their practice and to inform your TL program.

      Regarding the date of the submission windows, the proposed submission deadlines for administrations through Spring 2018 are provided below:

       Administration Window  Submission Window Deadline  Score Report Available (approx.)
       Spring 2015  31-May-15  15-Jul-15
       Fall 2015  31-Dec-15  15-Feb-16
       Spring 2016  30-Apr-16  15-Jun-16
       Fall 2016  31-Dec-16  15-Feb-17
       Spring 2017  30-Apr-17  15-Jun-17
       Fall 2017  31-Dec-17  15-Feb-18
       Spring 2018  30-Apr-18  15-Jun-18

Graduate Academic Regulations

Graduate Admission