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You want to become a leader in your school, but don’t see yourself as a school administrator. A master’s degree in teacher leadership prepares you to take on leadership roles that won’t take you out of the classroom. This program is built with full-time school employees in mind, with course and field experiences designed to be completed in the school you work. 

Since Southeast has been preparing educators since 1873, you can feel confident in our history, our reputation, and our accreditation. We're consistently recognized for academic excellence by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings for institutions in the Midwest and fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. 

What to Expect

You’ll learn from former educators, administrators, and superintendents about different leadership opportunities and responsibilities within education. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Gain an understanding of the development of school improvement plans, teacher evaluation, development of plans for district and school level budgets, schedules, and more. 
  • Continue working, and balancing life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses and completing field work at your school. 
  • Work with experienced faculty in career planning for a leadership role that fits your needs and skills.

Teacher Leadership Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Teacher Leadership by the Numbers

  • 2

    National Recognitions

    This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is nationally recognized by the Educational Leaders Constituent Council (ELCC).

  • $73K

    Instructional Coordinators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an instructional coordinator is $73,080.

  • $70K

    Training and Development Specialists

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for training and development specialists in education is $69,870. Training and development specialists create programming around professional development and training.

Teacher Leadership Curriculum

The time it takes to earn a degree will vary based on factors such as dual enrollment, remediation, and summer enrollment. Students meet with an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress.

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following: 

  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale 
  • A valid professional teaching certificate 

International applicants must also have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 OR TOEFL score of 95. This requirement is for non-United States citizens who are not native English speakers. Students from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from English proficiency verification. 

Probationary Admission 

Probationary admission will be considered by an admission committee in a program area under the following conditions: 

If the applicant presents a GPA that is 2.5 to 2.749 or if the applicant has achieved a GPA of 3.0 during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the admission committee may permit the student to take up to nine hours in the program area. 

The student will be required to achieve a grade of no less than ‘B’ in these nine hours of course work to continue in the program. 

Appeals Process 

Applicants who are denied admission have the option to appeal to the College of Education, Health and Human Studies Admission Appeals Committee, which is composed of one representative from each program area offering a graduate program. 

Required Courses:

  • EA610 Diversity and Equity in Schools (3) 
  • EA634 School Supervision (3) 
  • EA651 School Law (3) 
  • EA653 Curriculum for Leaders in Education (3) 
  • EA655 Leadership for Effective School Operations (3) 
  • EA660 Leadership in Special Education (3) 
  • GR691 Methods of Research (3) 

Choose 9 hours, with approval of advisor: 

  • EA, ED, EL, EX, or SE prefix - 5xx-6xx level (3) 
  • EA, ED, EL, EX, or SE prefix - 5xx-6xx level (3) 
  • EA, ED, EL, EX, or SE prefix - 5xx-6xx level (3) 

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

This degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.

Professor in the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education

"My teaching philosophy centers on the attainment of knowledge development for educational leaders while engaging in solving real world problems over an extended time."

Dr. Margaret Dalton, Ph.D.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

What Can You Do with a M.A. in Teacher Leadership?

While M.A. in Teacher Leadership graduates typically apply their degree to better instruction within their classroom, and take on non-administrative leadership roles within their school or district, you’ll also be ready to mentor and lead your peers and take advantage of opportunities outside of your classroom. 

You to take on roles as: 

  • Peer Mentor 
  • Instructional Coordinator 
  • Technology Coordinator 
  • Programming Manager 
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