Teacher Leadership (MEd)
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, twelve hours in teacher leadership courses, twelve hours in content area pedagogy courses, and six hours in an internship. Candidates complete the internship in their own classrooms during the final two semesters of coursework where they gain experience as teacher leaders under the supervision of P-12 and university coaches and mentors.
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.
There are three start dates for the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership degree. Students may begin at the start of Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.
All educator preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
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.
Program of Study
|Area 1 Foundations|
|EDUF 6116||Educational Research Methods||3|
|EDUF 6117||Adult Learners and Learning||3|
|Area 1 Total||6|
|Area 2 Teacher Leadership|
|EDUL 6129||Supervision of the Learning Environment||3|
|EDUL 6138||Continuous Improvement in Schools||3|
|EDTL 6156||Developing Teacher Leaders||3|
|EDTL 6157||Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning||3|
|Area 2 Total||12|
|Area 3 Content Pedagogy|
|EDTL 6158||Reading and Writing in the Content Areas||3|
|EDTL 6159||Differentiating Instruction in the Content Areas||3|
|EDUL 6128||Instructional Strategies for Student Success||3|
|Select one Elective: Content/Content Pedagogy Related Course (ENG, MATH, SS, RDG, ECE...)||3|
|Area 3 Total||12|
|Area 4 Internship & Exit Requirements|
|EDTL 6685||Teacher Leadership Internship||3|
|EDTL 6686||Teacher Leader Internship II||3|
|Area 4 Total||6|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
- Complete requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a related field of study.
- 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.
- Clear, renewable level 4 or higher induction or professional teaching, service, or leadership certificate in any field.
- 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.
- Two letters of recommendation, with one being from the candidate’s school system administrator (superintendent) or designee.
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Additional Program 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
- A minimum of 27 hours of the hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence
- 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 degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment
- All students must complete an electronic portfolio as the culminating project
Note: For Georgia certification, candidates must satisfactorily complete the state testing requirement for Teacher Leadership; the certificate is a P-12, service field.
An active Tk20 account is a required resource for this program because selected assignments must be submitted electronically using this online platform. Tk20 is used by the university to maintain our accreditation, to demonstrate the quality of our academic programs, and to improve teaching and learning.
Program Learning Outcomes
- 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.