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Teacher Leader Fifth Year Program

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Admission requirements:

To be eligible for admission, cadidates must have attained the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree.
  2. A standard or provisional teaching certificate or statement of eligibility.
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50.
  4. 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)
  • 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.

Curriculum

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.

Professional Education and Academic Support

Courses from Professional Education and Academic Support must align with the candidate's professional growth and career goals.

Professional Education – 6 hours

Candidate chooses 6 hours graduate level education courses that align with his/her professional growth plan. The candidate's advisor and department chair must approve the courses.

Academic Support – 6 hours

Candidate chooses 6 hours graduate level academic support (content) courses that align with his/her professional growth plan. The candidate's advisor and department chair must approve the courses.

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.