Program Highlights & Benefits
Blended classroom instruction or fully synchronous online for multiple learning styles
20 month completion time, including breaks
No GRE or admission tests
No weekend classes
Certified teachers with a desire to obtain a non-administrative leadership role in their school while they continue to teach in the classroom. Candidates admitted to the Ed. S. degree in Teacher Leadership must hold a Master’s degree and possess a Georgia professional T-5 or higher certificate (or comparable professional certificate from another state) and have at least 1 year certified teaching experience.
The purpose of this program is to prepare classroom teachers to develop as leaders who will facilitate the design and implementation of sustained, intensive, and job-embedded professional learning in their schools and districts. Participants in this program will also possess the understandings that enable them to use fundamental research methods to address educational problems and assume leadership roles beyond the classroom.
How You Learn
This program is available in two formats: blended or synchronous online. You will select the option that you prefer.
Blended Option: This is a blended cohort. For five nights out of each 8-week course, a face-to-face or online class session will be held from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m.. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in less than 2 years.
Synchronous Online Option: This is a fully online cohort. For five nights out of each 8-week course, an online class session will be held from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. during which you are required to sign in and actively participate. These synchronous online class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in less than 2 years.
*Students must report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 or an identified writing deficiency may be considered for provisional admission. Provisionally admitted students may be required to take one or more writing classes prior to or during the first semester. Decisions about additional admission requirements are determined by the University Graduate Council after a complete review of all materials presented by the applicant.
Upon completion of this program, students will have earned Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership. Recommendation for a Service (S) certificate P-12 requires a passing score on the Teacher Leadership GACE. Once the GACE is passed, students will receive a level T-6 certificate upgrade.
Advanced Professional Knowledge (3 hours):
|EDU 604||Observation and Analysis||3|
Research and Inquiry Skills (6 hours):
|EDU 619||Action Research for the Teacher Leader||3|
|EDU 617||Using Data to Improve Schools||3|
Professional and Ethical Practice (24 hours):
|RSC 600||Intro to Graduate Programs||3|
|EDU 602||Teacher as Leader and Mentor||3|
|EDU 611||Leading the Professional Learning Community||3|
|EDU 615||Educational Law||3|
|EDU 616||Educational Reform||3|
|EDU 618||Building Collaborative Teams||3|
|EDU 630||Teacher Leadership Residency I||3|
|EDU 631||Teacher Leadership Residency II||3|
|Advanced Graduate Professional Dispositions||0|
|Total Program Hours:||33|
This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.
Candidates must also meet the following requirements:
- The name of a school-based mentor to serve on the Candidate Support Team throughout the program.