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Degree Specialization in Teacher Leadership

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As a teacher, you change your students’ lives by guiding them directly as they learn. As a community leader, you can do so much more.

You know that government policies and the structure of the institution where you teach have a huge impact on your students’ lives and learning outcomes. By becoming a leader in your school and your community, you will become a force for positive change.

This program gives you the skills that transform teachers into change agents: leadership, interpretation of research, collaboration, and facilitation of learning at the institutional level. You’ll also learn how educational policy is made, and how you can be involved in that process.


This program consists of four graduate online teacher leadership courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • OTL505 Educational Systems and Change
    Examines the change process in education, focusing on teacher’s role as leader and facilitator.
  • OTL510 Teacher Leadership
    Highlights skills needed in developing teachers as leaders of change in education systems and institutions.
  • OTL515 Teacher as Instructional Change Agent
    Introduces strategies for professional growth including interpretation of research and professional collaboration to lead and advocate for effective change.
  • OTL560 Facilitating Learning and Transfer
    An evaluation of contemporary learning theories, with emphasis on major issues, research findings, and application of learning principles to online teaching and learning. Students will examine online instructional strategies and practice facilitation techniques that promote learning transfer. The course also provides students with essential knowledge and skills in preparation for the capstone course.


A specialization in Teacher Leadership pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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