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Teacher Leader Master’s Degree – Social Studies

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Admission requirements*:

  1. An acceptable admission index by meeting any of the following
    • GRE score (verbal + quantitative) * undergraduate GPA = 2050 (minimum)
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Scaled Score * undergraduate GPA = 980 (minimum)
    • The test requirement is waived for candidates who have successfully completed a master’s degree
  2. A teaching certificate or statement of eligibility
  3. An approved professional growth plan signed by school supervisor. (If the candidate is not currently teaching, the candidate’s advisor may approve the professional growth plan)

* Students not meeting these requirements may apply under the alternative admission plan:

  • While enrolled in EDTL 601 the candidate will develop a comprehensive career plan that integrates school district professional development opportunities and their graduate program plan.
  • After completion of 12 hours, candidates must have attained at least a 3.0 cumulative program GPA. Candidates falling below a 3.0 cumulative program GPA may take no more than an additional 6 hours. If after completing an additional 6 hours the cumulative program GPA is below 3.0, the candidate will be dropped from the program.


Core Courses

These three courses must be taken during first 12 hours of graduate study:

  • EDTL 601 Leadership and Decision Making
  • EDTL 602 Education in Context
    • EDTL 601 and EDTL 602 will be offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • EDTL 603 Research and Teacher Leadership
    • The capstone project is planned as a part of EDTL 603. This course will be offered fall, spring and on-demand during the summer.

Additional core courses:

  • EDTL 604 Collaboration for Teachers
  • EDTL 605 Developmental Analysis of Learning
    • These courses may be taken in either order (i.e. EDTL 604 then EDTL 605 or vice versa). Courses will be offered fall, spring, and on-demand summer.
  • EDTL 606 Curriculum and Instructional Design
    • This course will be offered fall, spring, and on-demand summer.

Area of Specialization

Social Studies – 12 hours

Select from the following (Note: Courses selected must align with the candidate's professional growth and career goals):

  • HIS600: Special Class (can take multiple times—content varies per professor. One semester it might be The Holocaust and another semester the content might be Issues of Race and Gender in Antebellum Kentucky, etc.)
  • HIS610: American Biography
  • HIS680: History for Teachers
  • GEO600: Political Geography
  • GEO602: Geographic Factors and Concepts
  • GEO605: Conservation of Natural Resources
  • GEO615: Urban Geography
  • GEO650: Geography for Teachers
  • GOVT600: Seminar on State and Local Government
  • GOVT605: Environmental Law and Policy
  • GOVT680: Government for Teachers
  • ECON600: Survey of Economics
  • ECON690: Economic Education for Teachers

NOTE: The Teacher Leader Masters degree will NOT change the area a candidate is certified to teach.

Program Completion

  1. Candidates must successfully complete a capstone project in a venue approved by their advisor. The capstone project may include a presentation before a panel of educators, a presentation as a part of an educational conference, or professional development the candidate has written and planned. The capstone project may also include a publication in a peer reviewed professional journal.
  2. Candidates must file for completion at the beginning of their last semester. Forms may be picked up in the Graduate Office.
  3. Candidates must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.