Lead the Future of Education

Teacher Leaders have the power to influence and change the educational landscape through modeling effective practice, shaping school culture in formal and informal contexts, and by supporting collaborative team structures within their schools. As a student in the Master of Arts in Education program with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership, you will explore the critical dimensions of Teacher Leadership such as fostering professional learning communities, facilitating adult learning, understanding shared or distributed leadership models, and building collaborative environments. You will learn skills and techniques that will expand your professional knowledge and optimize your ability to serve in a variety of teacher leadership roles within and beyond the classroom.
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M.A. in Education: Teacher Leadership

Degree Overview

Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Leadership provides candidates the opportunity to expand their circle of influence within and beyond their classroom. Drawing from the national Teacher Leader Model Standards and the Colorado Quality Teacher Standards, coursework will advance the skills and credentials of teachers seeking to serve in a variety of leadership roles. This degree will offer candidates a deep understanding of the various dimensions of teacher leadership including: advocacy and outreach, fostering learning communities, facilitating adult learning, negotiating change processes, understanding collaboration paradigms, and using data to improve instruction.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A baccalaureate degree and teacher licensure.
  • Three years of teaching experience. (Exceptions must be approved by MAE Director)
  • Official transcripts for all college and university coursework with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.750.
  • A two-page essay as directed in the application form.
  • Two letters of recommendation to be completed by one of the following: a current administrator and a colleague.
  • A non-refundable $75.00 application fee.
  • Applications for admissions are accepted throughout the year, preferably prior to the projected start date.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of 32 semester hours from required Core courses, Teacher Leadership Academic Certificate courses, and the Teacher Leadership Support Seminars with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000.
  • Consistent participation in MAE 695 S-T Teacher Leadership Support Seminar. Candidates must register for the Support Seminar the semester in which they take their CAP Review.
  • Successful completion of a CAP Review the final semester of a candidate's program.
  • Practicum experience appropriate to Teacher Leadership.

Mentor Support Seminar

Consistent participation in Teacher Leadership Support Seminars is required. Candidates may receive up to two semester hours of credit for participation in the Teacher Leadership Support Seminars over the course of the program. Candidates must register for the Support Seminar the semester in which they take their CAP Review. Each mentor group is facilitated by a mentor/advisor who is a master teacher. Mentoring is an essential component of this endorsement program. On-going participation in the Support Seminars is expected of candidates for the duration of the program whether or not they register for the seminar.

Culminating Academic Program (CAP) Review

Candidates are required to present a synthesis of their learning in a Culminating Academic Program (CAP) Review before a review committee the final semester of their program. Candidates register for MAE 699A--Culminating Academic Program Review. The purpose of the review is to provide a forum for candidates to demonstrate their growth as learners and educators and their ability to meet the program and university standards. Candidates may receive a Pass, Incomplete, or No Pass grade for their CAP Review presentation. Candidates have one semester to complete the committee's recommendations and repeat the Review following an Incomplete Review assessment.

Teacher Leadership Academic Certificate (TLAC)

The Teacher Leadership Academic Certificate (TLAC) is ideal for emerging teacher leaders looking to expand their circle of influence as well as established teacher leaders already fulfilling key leadership roles. Guided by the National Teacher Leadership Model Standards as well as the Colorado Quality Teacher standers, the Academic Certificate will provide a strong foundation to address school reform measures. TLAC is comprised of four courses totaling 12 semester hours:

  • Leading Professional Learning
  • Leading and Supporting Collaborative Cultures
  • Leading for Inclusion & Equity
  • Fostering Change to Enhance Teaching/Learning

The Academic Certificate is an element of the Master's emphasis in Teacher Leadership; however the TLAC may be completed independently. Upon conclusion, the Teacher Leadership emphasis will be noted on the transcript.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the M.A. in Education: Teacher Leadership. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Total Degree Requirements  (36 credit hours)
Teacher Leadership Certificate Courses 21 credit hours
Teacher Leadership Courses 6 credit hours
Master's Core Courses 12 credit hours
Seminars or Electives 2 credit hours
Graduate MA in Education: Teacher Leadership Course Offerings:
MAE 640I Leading Professional Learning (3 ch)
MAE 640J Leading Collaborative Cultures (3 ch)
MAE 640K Leadership for Inclusion and Equity (3 ch)
MAE 640L Fostering Change forTeaching and Learning (3 ch)
MAE 640F Leading Instruction and Reflective Practice (3 ch)
MAE 640M Teacher Leadership Practicum (3 ch)
MAE 695S-T Teacher Leadership Support Seminars (1 ch)
MAE 610 Connecting Belief, Theory and Practice (3 ch)
MAE 614 Action Research: Foundations (3 ch)
MAE 616 Action Research: Application (2 ch)
MAE 619 Curriculum Theory and Application (2 ch)
MAE 699A Culminating Academic Program (CAP) Review (0 ch)
Mentor Support Seminar
Consistent participation in Teacher Leadership Support Seminars is required. Candidates may receive up to two semester hours of credit for participation in the Teacher Leadership Support Seminars over the course of the program. Candidates must register for the Support Seminar the semester in which they take their CAP Review. Each mentor group is facilitated by a mentor/advisor who is a master teacher. Mentoring is an essential component of this endorsement program. On-going participation in the Support Seminars is expected of candidates for the duration of the program whether or not they register for the seminar.
Culminating Academic Program (CAP) Review
Candidates are required to present a synthesis of their learning in a Culminating Academic Program (CAP) Review before a review committee the final semester of their program. Candidates register for MAE 699A--Culminating Academic Program Review. The purpose of the review is to provide a forum for candidates to demonstrate their growth as learners and educators and their ability to meet the program and university standards. Candidates may receive a Pass, Incomplete, or No Pass grade for their CAP Review presentation. Candidates have one semester to complete the committee’s recommendations and repeat the Review following an Incomplete Review assessment.

How to Apply

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