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Program Outline: Master of Education (MEd) in Teacher Leadership

You can complete this degree in two years. In addition to required coursework, you will also need to create a portfolio and pass a comprehensive examination.

Course Listing

Foundations and Research (12 credits)

  • EDU 6085 Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3)
  • EDU 6600 Communication and Collaboration (3)
  • EDU 6979 Action Research in School Settings (3)
  • EDU 6980 Applying Research in School Settings (3)

Teacher Leadership Focus (15 credits)

  • EDU 6528 Accomplished Teaching (3)
  • EDU 6525 Culturally Responsive Teaching (3)
  • EDAD 6580 Leadership in Education (3) 
  • EDAD 6589 Engaging Communities (3) 
  • EDU 6990 Teacher Leadership Capstone (3)

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Focus (12 credits)

  • EDU 6524 Curriculum Design (3)
  • EDU 6526 Survey of Instructional Strategies (3)
  • EDU 6613 Standards-Based Assessment (3)
  • EDTC 6433 Teaching with Technology (3)

Elective options (6 credits)

  • EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present (3)
  • Any 6000-level EDAD course (3)
  • Any 6000-level EDRD course (3)
  • Any 6000-level EDSP course (3)
  • Any 6000-level EDTC course (3)
  • Washington State ProTeach Certification (4 credits through CPE)
  • Any applicable continuing education credits as approved by program chair 

Total required credits for degree: 45


ARCSE Pathway

This option is for students who want to earn a master’s degree by merging ARCSE program requirements with select coursework and requirements from the Teacher Leadership program. Providing a degree option for ARCSE students enables applicants to improve their school settings through specific preparation in teacher leadership. Offering a degree in teacher leadership also optimizes the experience of ARCSE students who have been employed within schools as paraeducators or teachers working under limited certification. Earning a graduate degree also means higher placement on the salary schedule, resulting in an additional $4,000 of yearly pay. The program includes completion of ARCSE requirements and earning Residency Teacher Certification, with two years of additional study to earn a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership. A student who has completed ARCSE program requirements would be eligible to apply to the ARCSE to MEd in TL program, which includes courses listed below:

ARCSE to MEd in Teacher Leadership Program Requirements (27 credits)

  • EDU 6528 Accomplished Teaching (3)
  • EDU 6979 Action Research in School Settings (3)
  • EDAD 6589 Engaging Communities (3)
  • EDU 6524 Curriculum Design (3)
  • EDU 6600 Communication & Collaboration (3)
  • EDAD 6580 Leadership in Education (3)
  • EDU 6990 Teacher Leadership Capstone (3)
  • EDU 6085 Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3)
  • EDU 6613 Standards-Based Assessment (3) or EDU 6526 Survey Instructional Strategies (3) for those with an endorsement in Special Education

Checklist

All courses will be offered online, via asynchronous or synchronous.

  • Required Elective
    • EDU 6085 Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3) (Required; choose to take at any time)
  • Autumn I
    • EDU 6528 Accomplished Teaching (3 credits)
  • Winter I
    • EDU 6979 Action Research in School Settings (3 credits)
  • Spring I
    • EDAD 6589 Engaging Communities (3 credits)
    • EDU 6526 Survey of Instructional Strategies (3 credits) or EDU 6613 Standards-Based Assessment (taken in summer)
  • Summer I
    • EDU 6524 Curriculum Design (3)
    • EDU 6613 Standards-Based Assessment (3)
  • Autumn II
    • EDAD 6580 Leadership in Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 6600 Communication and Collaboration (3 credits) (can also take this during winter)
  • Winter II
    • EDU 6085 Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3 credits) (recommended to take winter II)
  • Spring II
    • EDU 6990 Teacher Leadership Capstone (3)
    • Comprehensive Exam

Online/Cohort

Teachers are increasingly looking at fully online graduate degree programs that align with their need for flexible learning. Many teachers are interested in progressing through the MEd in TL program, yet opt for an online program because of the ease of access and flexibility. Earning a graduate degree also means higher placement on the salary schedule, resulting in an additional $4,000 of yearly pay.

The MEd in TL program is a 45-credit program that aligns with three major areas of experiences: “Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment,” “Teacher Leadership,” and “Foundations & Research.” 33 of the credits will include courses within these three areas, while 12 credits will be an emphasis that needs to align with one or more of these areas, but will encourage coursework within “Teacher Leadership.”

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership is designed to help teachers strengthen instructional skills while developing leadership abilities for such roles as peer coach, mentor, department chair, staff development leader, or curriculum coordinator.

Sample Course Checklist with TL Emphasis

Electives (12 credits required)

All courses will be offered online, via asynchronous or synchronous.

Electives will be chosen based on emphasis selected. Recommended TL Emphasis electives already included in course sequence below. 

Options include:
EDU 6 Any 6000-level EDU course (3)
EDAD 6 Any 6000-level EDAD course (3)
EDRD 6 Any 6000-level EDRD course (3)
EDSP 6 Any 6000-level EDSP course (3)
EDTC 6 Any 6000-level EDTC course (3)

Washington State ProTeach Certification or NBTC (4 credits through CPE or by arrangement in district) 

Required Elective
EDU 6085 Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3) (Required; choose to take at any time)

  • Autumn I
    • EDU 6528 Accomplished Teaching (3 credits)
    • EDTC 6433 Teaching with Technology (3 credits)
  • Winter I
    • EDU 6979 Action Research in School Settings (3 credits)
    • EDU 6525 Culturally Responsive Teaching (3 credits)
  • Spring I
    • elective EDAD 6589 Engaging Communities (3 credits) *recommended elective for TL emphasis
    • EDU 6526 Survey of Instructional Strategies (3 credits)
  • Summer I
    • EDU 6524 Curriculum Design (3)                            
    • EDU 6613 Standards-based Assessment (3 credits)
  • Autumn II
    • elective EDAD 6580 Leadership in Education (3 credits) *recommended elective for TL emphasis
    • EDU 6600 Communication and Collaboration (3 credits)
  • Winter II
    • EDU 6980 Applying Research in School Settings (3 credits)
    • elective (3 credits) (*teacher leadership emphasis recommended)
  • Spring II
    • EDU 6990 Teacher Leadership Capstone (3)              
    • Comprehensive Exam

Comprehensive Exam and Electronic Portfolio

Students will take a comprehensive exam to complete the Teacher Leadership program. The comprehensive exam includes three randomly selected questions from the 12 program standards. In addition, students will put together an electronic portfolio including artifacts which are aligned to each of the 12 Teacher Leadership standards. Both the comprehensive exam and the portfolio are evaluated based on coverage of content, examples and illustrations, reference to authorities and research, organization of responses, logic and coherence, and vocabulary and expression.

Find information about this Program Overview, Program Outline, and Admission Information.

Cohorts, This Is For You!

SPU’s School of Education is now accepting applications to MEd in Teacher Leadership cohorts in the Lake Washington School District, Issaquah School District, and *University Place (South Hub), with more locations to come! To learn more, contact Robin Henrikson at henrir@spu.edu or 360-461-4422.

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*You do not need to be a teacher in the partner program.

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