Molding teacher leaders and change agents in public education
As evolving policies and technologies continue to shape the modern classroom, there is a growing need for leaders in education who can adapt to and apply these changes in a way that enriches the student experience and improves learning outcomes. The MS in Teacher Leadership prepares this next wave of leaders with the advanced skills needed to make a positive impact on school-wide culture and shape the future of education.
As a student, you’ll learn: strategies for developing dynamic instructional programs; how to earn respect and support from key decision makers; and how to become the kind of mentor who can motivate and inspire growth in those around you.
The program offers four career-focused tracks that allow you to align your studies with your professional interests:
- literacy leadership
- mathematics leadership
- program improvement leadership
- science leadership
Throughout your studies, you’ll work closely with other educators and our experienced faculty in a flexible, online classroom environment. This close collaboration enables the sharing of diverse ideas and perspectives that you can immediately apply to your own classroom and school.
In their Words
“I was able to use what I had learned in my online courses to improve our school’s curriculum and enrich the learning experiences of our students. I established norms and protocols for our literacy assessments and helped align our school’s standards and benchmarks. Without my excellent Quinnipiac professors, I would not have been able to do this successfully.”Ted V., MSTL ‘14MS in Teacher Leadership
About Online Learning
Flexible scheduling meets world-class education
Online learning with Quinnipiac University delivers the guided educational experience of a traditional, instructor-led environment coupled with the schedule flexibility needed for adult learners to succeed. Innovative teaching methods and asynchronous classes enable students to work at their own pace, while also enjoying peer interaction and a collaborative learning experience to maximize their learning outcomes.
Curriculum and Requirements
MS in Teacher Leadership Curriculum
|EDL 501||Teacher Leadership to Transform School Culture||3|
|EDL 503||Leading the Instructional Program to Improve Student Learning||6|
|EDL 505||Research-Based Literacy Practices||3|
|EDL 509||Leading School Improvement||6|
|EDL 525||Diversity in the Classroom and School Community||3|
|Complete the reqirements of the appropriate specialization||9|
Literacy Leadership Specialization
|EDL 511||Cycles of Inquiry within the Literacy Classroom||3|
|EDL 513||Coaching Teachers of Literacy||3|
|EDL 515||Action Research in Literacy Leadership||3|
Mathematics Leadership Specialization
|EDL 517||Cycles of Inquiry within the Mathematics Classroom||3|
|EDL 519||Coaching Teachers of Mathematics||3|
|EDL 521||Action Research in Mathematics Leadership||3|
Program Improvement Leadership Specialization
|EDL 523||Leading Organizational Learning||3|
|EDL 527||Financing Program Improvement Initiatives||3|
|EDL 529||Educational Program Evaluation||3|
Science Leadership Specialization
|ED 512||Disciplinary Core Ideas, Scientific and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts (may be waived at director's discretion)||2|
|EDL 531||Cycles of Inquiry within the Science Classroom||3|
|EDL 532||Coaching Teachers of Science||3|
|EDL 533||Action Research in Science Leadership||3|
To qualify for admission, candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning, ideally have a GPA of 3.0 and have an excellent record of teaching, as evidenced by the recommendations of supervisors.
Applicants must demonstrate satisfactory writing skills, as well as satisfactory dispositions concerning the value of diversity, the efficacy of teacher leaders, and the belief that all children can learn as evidenced by a written essay and during the application interview.
Interested individuals can apply online. Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, the admissions committee will not review an application until all of the supporting documents are received.
A complete application consists of the following:
- Completed application form
- $45 application fee
- Updated resume
- Letter of intent
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
- Two letters of recommendation (one of which should come from a principal, superintendent or other supervisor)
Candidates will also be interviewed either in person or online as appropriate.