Leading in Context | Graduate Studies | Fort Lewis College

Expand your skills as an educator and leader

Graduate professor of education teaches students at Fort Lewis College

Are you interested in gaining new expertise and developing as a leader in an educational context?

Take your career to the next level and work to promote, advocate, and initiate change in your setting. Learn how to innovate your approach, use data, promote growth, and support a range of learners.  

You will learn to apply effective models of leadership and program design across educational settings. 

Cohorts begin every Fall and Spring semesters.  

Leading in Context program options

Teacher Leadership Certificate

A two-year professional program that develops competencies in innovation, culturally  responsive teaching, assessment, instructional coaching, differentiated instruction, and leadership.

18 credits

Master of Arts in Education

A two-year graduate program offering Core Courses in learning design, assessment, and graduate inquiry. Students will select from electives in learning innovation, culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, peer coaching, differentiated teaching models, accommodations for exceptional learners, and leadership.

30 credits


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

Program overview

  • Increase equity and incorporate cultural consciousness in the setting of your school
  • Learn how to analyze data to design, implement, and evaluate programs and initiatives 
  • Create innovative educational opportunities using student-centered instructional design for a variety of learners.  

  • Study and work with expert faculty dedicated to the art, science, and craft of teaching. 
  • Experience a tailored program with high quality instruction, professional camaraderie, and instructors who get to know your interests and goals.  

  • Designed for full-time working professionals, offering varied course delivery formats. 
  • Engage in relevant, experiential coursework with a focus on applying new ideas in your setting. 

Program requirements

Minimum eligibility for Graduate Studies
Requirements to apply to the Leading in Context program
Technology requirements

Career possibilities

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

  • Instructional leadership team member
  • Non-profit educational director
  • Instructional coach
  • Grade level team leader
  • Recreational program leader
  • Curriculum consultant