Teacher Leadership – Doctorate


Using the highly successful and unique Maryville Ed.D. model, this new 2½ year doctoral program is for teachers in school settings who want to build their skills in teacher leadership, including coaching, leading professional development, and curriculum design and implementation. This concentration will allow students to develop the expertise take new roles in Teacher Leadership, understand the dynamics involved in teacher change, and lead positive personal and organizational change around critical Teacher Leadership issues. Earning a doctorate degree might seem like a daunting task but at Maryville, it’s completely manageable. Our Doctor of Education program is designed for people like you, who are currently working in the field and have already completed a master’s degree. Maryville’s doctorate in education program has become a highly-valued stamp of excellence across the St. Louis region. This innovative program is unique in providing personal mentoring from dedicated faculty-practitioners, supporting students through a cohort-model and built-in components to complete the program successfully, incorporating elements of business, political, and social leadership, and providing a practitioner focus within the larger context of the role of education in a democracy. Our program is designed to produce leaders who have a deep understanding of teacher education, who are change agents capable of initiating and sustaining positive change, and who are reflective learners with skills to gather information in a democratic environment. See the program outcomes for more detail on our objectives. For more information: email us at hstanwich@maryville.edu or call 314.529.9542.

Program Features

Recognized for Excellence The Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership will provide you with opportunities for excellence on every level. You’ll work with outstanding faculty members and exemplary professionals in the field. You’ll enjoy small classes, innovative approaches and plenty of opportunities for professional growth. With a strong foundation of theory, practical application, and a developed personal philosophy about leadership, you’ll be a highly respected teacher leader. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is already recognized as the premier program in the St. Louis region for preparing K-12 administrators. With the approximately 200 graduates already rising to positions of authority throughout the area, our Ed.D. approach has proven highly effective in preparing the next generation of school leaders. This same model now makes the Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership available to teachers interested in leading outside administration. Cohort Approach Our program is organized around a cohort plan: cohorts, or student groups, usually consist of 18 to 22 students who advance through their classes together. This builds camaraderie among your peers, provides a supportive educational resource, and helps you recognize your own strengths. Your cohort becomes your learning community and a permanent network of trusted colleagues as you proceed through the two and one-half year program and afterwards into your career. Cohorts will focus exclusively on the teacher leadership concentration and not be mixed with any other leadership concentration cohorts. Built-in Research Project A capstone project is begun early in the doctoral degree program and is completed at the conclusion of the last class (7th semester). The purpose of this action research is for practitioners to investigate their effectiveness as teacher leaders and initiate procedures that will, ultimately, increase student achievement. The capstone should be one that occurs and is supported at the school or district level and has a practical positive impact for the school or district. Internship and School Experiences Candidates proceed through the 42-credit-hour program by taking six hours each semester, including an internship completed over the course of the program. Individual candidates or small groups of candidates will be expected to design and implement an instructional workshop of three to five days duration in their area of specialization for current teachers or Maryville teacher candidates. The institutes will be free to participants and are to be held at Maryville University or at a site selected in partnership with a local school district. The institutes are designed to be presented during the summer of the candidates’ second program year. Partner school districts must be included in the design of these institutes.

Professional/Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program allows you to pursue many levels of teacher leadership in schools. Graduates may seek roles in schools as coaches, mentors, curriculum developers, professional development coordinators, PLC leaders, and teacher facilitators. Maryville’s doctorate in education program is a highly-valued stamp of excellence across the St. Louis region.

Degree Offerings and Requirements

Teacher as Leader Ed.D.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the doctorate program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. You must have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Complete an application for admission to the program (online).
  • Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience and current teacher certification
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals. One of the three letters of recommendation should be provided by a current principal or supervisor who can directly address your leadership experience and potential for success in this program.
  • Submit the application essay to demonstrate that you have the necessary competencies for the program.
  • Complete an interview and on-site writing sample with the program faculty.
  • International students must submit appropriate TOEFL scores.

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