Teaching, Learning, and Leadership for School Employees (MEd)

About the program

The MEd in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership for School Employees is designed for teachers who have completed the Alternative Routes to Certification program (ARCSE). The program aims to strengthen instructional skills while developing leadership abilities for such roles as peer coach, mentor, department chairs, staff development leaders, or curriculum coordinators.

The Teaching, Learning, and Leadership master’s program is designed to be completed online. Some courses are also offered on campus, or in partnership with local districts and schools. 

Portfolio and comprehensive exam

In addition to course requirements, you are required to create a portfolio over the course of the program. These requirements will be integrated into coursework as much as possible.

You are also required to complete a take-home comprehensive exam at the end of the program as part of your capstone course.

Admission requirements

To apply for admission, submit the following items to the Graduate Admissions:

  • Online application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Copy of current Washington state teaching certificate, front and back.
  • Official transcript(s) from each college and/or university attended.
  • Résumé.
  • Personal statement (1–2 pages).
  • Present a GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) in the last 45 quarter credits of coursework completed.*
  • Two letters of recommendation (e.g., supervisor, professional, or academic). At least one of these recommendations must address your leadership abilities and potential.

*The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) will be required if GPA is less than 3.0. On the GRE, preferred minimum scores of Verbal: 148 and Quantitative: 147. On the MAT, preferred minimum scaled score of 400.

Enrollment policy

  • Students must be continuously enrolled in required SPU courses to earn this master’s degree, or until officially withdrawing from the program. Exceptions to continuous enrollment must be approved by the program director.
  • Students may be granted a leave of absence for up to four quarters by the program director. Once the leave of absence has expired, the student will either enroll in graduate coursework or be dropped from the program.
  • University academic policy requires continuous enrollment to remain admitted in a graduate program. After four quarters of non-enrollment, students will be placed in “inactive status” and will need to reapply for admission.
  • If a student decides to no longer pursue a master’s degree, the student may officially withdraw from the program and SPU by notifying the program director and the associate director of graduate programs.


Admissions materials should be directed to Graduate Admissions. If you have questions about graduate education or certification programs: