Teacher Leader - Online Master's Degree Program
Finally, a program designed to meet the needs of the practicing teacher seeking a graduate degree. We understand that many teachers seek a graduate degree but also wish to continue working with students; these teachers do not wish to become principals, but become better teachers who can affect change, and become leaders within their school. ABU’s Teacher Leader program prepares teacher leaders to assume roles that include, but are not limited to: mentor teacher, lead teacher, department chair, curriculum design specialist, academic coach, technology integration specialist, professional development specialist, and school improvement specialist.
We also know that a teacher’s time is valuable, so we designed our program to be flexible to your schedule and completely online. The Teacher Leader program consists of ten 3-credit hour courses delivered in synchronous and asynchronous online settings. For the full-time student, a master’s degree can be obtained in one full academic year, and for the part-time student, 2 years. All cohorts begin in the fall semester, continue through the spring semester and conclude with a capstone project during summer courses.
Who is a Teacher Leader?
- A Teacher Leader is proficient with current technologies and exudes confidence in using the technologies to help the learning community approach achievement data in meaningful ways.
- A Teacher Leader demonstrates by example his/her skills in problem solving, innovation, communication, and management within and among the educational, professional and business communities.
- A Teacher Leader is a proficient researcher of professional literature, and is able to analyze and evaluate research findings in relation to methodologies and interventions that increase student achievement and school effectiveness.
- A Teacher Leader facilitates knowledge of curriculum, instruction and effective learning culture to students and teachers in the classroom, the school, and the school system.
- A Teacher Leader is distinguished as one who is a leader and collaborator with all community stakeholders.
The Teacher Leader Program rests on three conceptual pillars–leadership, curriculum & instruction, and research. These conceptual pillars align with Teacher Leader program outcomes and are centered upon the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Seven Domains of The Teacher Leader Model Standards (from the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium.)
EDUC 720: Policy, Law, and Ethics for Teachers
EDUC 750: Leadership Seminar
EDUC 840: Folio Defense
EDUC 850: Internship Capstone
Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC 700: Technology for Teacher Leaders
EDUC 740: Instruction by Design
EDUC 760: Classroom Management Strategies
EDUC 710: Societal Issues and Education
EDUC 730: Introduction to Education Research
EDUC 800: Prospectus Development
EDUC 820: Action Research