Elevate your teaching career

Be a leader in your school. Be the change you’d like to see in your learning community. Research and discover instructional initiatives that improve student achievement and then implement these ideas in your school. See the change, be the change. Cohorts begin fall semester of odd years.


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Program overview

A teacher leader is someone who:

  • Promotes, advocates, and initiates meaningful change in P-12 education
  • Collaborates with peers to develop and implement instructional initiatives that respond to problems in student learning and achievement
  • Sees opportunities for change, analyzes data, shares ideas with colleagues, and helps to implement and evaluate initiatives

See the Teacher Leadership course sequence.

Eligibility & career possibilities

This program does NOT lead to principal licensure or teacher certification. To pursue teacher certification with us, we have three pathways for you:

Some of our recent Teacher Leadership graduates are now in the following roles:

  • Administrator
  • District Curriculum Team for Fine Arts
  • Grade level team leader
  • Interventionist
  • Program Developer
  • School or district committee member
  • Student Advisor

Program options

Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts program is a two-year graduate program with significant development in the fundamentals of action research, as well as the critical Teacher Leader competencies included in the Teacher Leadership Certificate program. The culminating research project will allow you to improve practices and policies in your program, building, or district.


The Professional Certificate is a two-year program that develops competencies in technology, culturally responsive teaching, assessment, instructional coaching, differential instruction, and leadership.


You may also take specific courses out of cohort by applying as a non-degree-seeking student.

The road ahead