Go further in your education career.

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 You'll Do

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.

What Can You Do with an 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. 

Career Opportunities

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

Teacher Leadership by the Numbers

  • 98%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • 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).

  • $66K

    Instructional Coordinators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an instructional coordinator is $66,970.

  • $64K

    Training and Development Specialists

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for training and development specialists in education is $64,610. Training and development specialists create programming around professional development and training.

Online: Teacher Leadership Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

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

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.

Graduation Requirement

The student must attain an overall GPA of 3.25 in order to graduate from the program.

30 Hours Required - 3.0 GPA Required

Required Courses:

  • EA606 Intro to Teacher Leadership/Peer Coaching (3)
  • EA607 Leading with Data (3)
  • EA610 Diversity in the Classroom (3)
  • EA651 School Law (3)
  • EA655 Leadership for Effective School Operations (3)
  • EA660 Administration & Supervision of Special Education (3)
  • GR691 Methods of Research (3)

Choose 9 hours from the following:

  • CE614 Family/School Collaboration (3)
  • EA507 School & Campus Safety (3)
  • EA625 Foundations of Educational Administration (3)
  • EA634 School Supervision (3)
  • EA653 Curriculum for Leaders in Education (3)
  • ED506 Education, Law and Society (3)
  • EF690 Foundations of Curriculum Development (3)
  • EL624 Effective Literacy Leadership (3)
  • EX602 Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children (3)
  • EX618/619 Introduction to Children with Exceptionalities &
    Internship (2+1)
  • EX621/622 Behavior Intervention Strategies & Internship (2+1)
  • EX691 Transition Planning for Individuals with Exceptional
    Learning Needs (3)
  • SE600 Multimedia in Education (3)
  • SE617 Foundations of Educational Technology (3)
  • SE641 Teaching in a Multicultural Society (3)
  • SE683 Instructional Design & Technology (3)
  • SE685 Planning for Tech in the School District/Organization (3)

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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College of Education, Health and Human Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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.

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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.


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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.

(573) 651-5184
Office Location
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Mailing Address
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