Masters in Education: Teacher as Leader
New opportunities in schools have resulted in the teacher as leader role. The first of its kind in the St. Louis region, the Maryville Masters of Education in Teacher as Leader program was developed collaboratively by our teacher education and educational leadership faculty based on input and ideas from area teachers, administrators and alumni. It combines the best of research-based approaches to curriculum and instruction with the knowledge and skills teacher-leaders need today.
The program instills in you a continued commitment to best classroom practice, but opens you to new roles working with students, fellow teachers and communities. This 30-credit evening/summer program prepares you to be focused on improving student achievement through classroom practices and for your role beyond the classroom as well.
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Taking it One Step Further
The Teacher as Leader graduate program is for you if you want to lead from your classroom in roles such as PLC leader, committee chair, mentor, coach, classroom innovator and team leader, or within the school building but not as an administrator. You could become a curriculum coach, parent coordinator or any myriad of new and evolving roles not requiring principal certification.
While a slower pace is possible, the program is designed to be completed in five semesters. It begins with three courses that are also required in the Educational Leadership program. Three other required courses cover culture, differentiation, and a capstone experience. While courses may be taken in any order, we recommend beginning in the fall to allow a cohort approach, taking two courses together each semester.
A Personalized Approach
The Teacher as Leader graduate program allows for a personalized format for graduate study by providing you with the opportunity to select the courses that meet your individual needs for professional growth. Working with an adviser, you may select coursework that you find personally beneficial to you, including courses from the certificate programs in gifted, reading, middle school, or early childhood. The Capstone Experience (EDUC 699) can be designed to enhance your classroom curriculum, and may be used to explore a project of particular interest.
This major prepares you for many levels of teacher leadership both within and outside classrooms and in school and district offices. For beginning teachers, it provides the groundwork for a successful career, and for experienced teachers, it provides the basis for taking on new leadership roles within classrooms and schools. For most teachers, however, additional coursework and professional development will enhance your practice. Many teachers move into grade level or departmental leadership as a result of their graduate work. In addition, teacher compensation increases in most districts with the completion of the Master of Arts in Education degree.
For admission to the master’s 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 from your undergraduate studies; applicants below 3.0 may apply for provisional acceptance.
- Complete an application for admission to the program (online).
- Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified professionals.
- Submit the application essay to demonstrate that you have the necessary competencies for the program.
- International students must submit appropriate TOEFL scores.