Regis University approves innovative Teacher Leadership program

Hannah BreeceJune 04, 2013

(DENVER) – While the existence of teacher leaders is not something new, the idea of how to be an effective teacher leader is a hot topic in education. The idea of specifically training teachers to be effective teacher leaders was the genesis of a new program designed by education faculty in the Regis College Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program at Regis University.

Regis College --one of three colleges at Regis University -- is the residential, liberal-arts college for traditional-aged students at Regis University.

Many teachers serve in significant leadership roles in the schools, such as instructional coaches and peer mentors, yet they typically have no formal training for these roles. The MAE education faculty began the process of developing the Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership and the Teacher Leadership Academic Certificate to meet the growing demand.

This program addresses leadership roles specifically for teachers, unlike most other programs that focus primarily on leadership roles in administrative positions. Both programs were recently approved by the University’s Academic Policy and Planning Council.

According to Rachel Zenzinger, program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Education, the department spent over a year “observing the trends and trajectory of education and education reform” and meeting with stakeholders, leaders, legislators, experts, and teachers in the field.

“Teacher Leadership is an area of study that educators want and need,” Zenzinger said. “The MAE program [at Regis] is unique in that our programs are threaded together with the core values of Jesuit education; this has served as a strong foundation to build upon as we developed Teacher Leadership.”

The program is ideal for experienced licensed teachers who are looking to expand their influence within and beyond their classroom. Though there is no formal deadline, applications should be submitted well before the semester that the applicant would like to begin.

For more information on the Teacher Leadership program, contact the MAE department at www.regis.edu/mae.