Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership is a graduate program of Rowan University’s CAEP accredited College of Education. It is designed for teachers who want to develop and hone their leadership skills but wish to remain in the classroom. Candidates work with curriculum, become mentor/master teachers, and develop programs aimed at improving schooling for all children.

The Master of Education degree program has three goals:

  1. To develop teacher leaders who practice teaching skills aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)'s Five Core Propositions.
  2. To develop teacher expertise in a content area of choice.
  3. To empower teachers to assume leadership roles within their schools and district.


The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. This degree requires the completion of a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours in 6 consecutive semesters. The following three components make up the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership program:

I. Core Courses: 19 Semester Hours
18 semester hours in Teaching & Learning
1 semester hour in Self-Study Research in Teacher Leadership (ELEM 02602)

II. Content Area Courses: 11-21 Semester Hours
Choose from one of the following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: 15 Semester Hours
  • Educational Technology: 15 Semester Hours
  • English as a Second Language: 16-21 Semester Hours
  • Global History: 15 Semester Hours
  • History: 15 Semester Hours
  • Holocaust and Genocide Education (Sociology & Anthropology, Glassoro Campus): 12 Semester Hours
  • Learning Disabilities (Interdisciplinary & Inclusive Education, Online & Glassboro Campus): 15 Semester Hours
  • Reading: 15 Semester Hours
  • Reading/Writing: 15 Semester Hours
  • School Public Relations: 9 Semester Hours
  • Special Education: 18 Semester Hours

III. Program Exit: 1 Semester Hour
Self-Study Research in Teacher Leadership (ELEM 02602)

The six core courses for this program are offered completely online. The approved Content Area Certificates of Graduate Study (COGS) are offered in varying formats depending on the COGS (e.g., online, online and face-to-face, face-to-face Glassboro Campus, face-to-face Camden Campus). If students hold National Board certifications, two courses in the Core/Teaching and Learning COGS will be waived.

*Students that select the COGS in School Public Relations will be required to complete an additional two or three credit course to meet the 30 total required credits for the program. Please contact the program coordinator for additional information.


The following courses make up the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership program. Each course is scheduled in 8 week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

  • 11-14 Courses / 30 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
ELEM 02511 Learning Community Classrooms 3
ELEM 02550 Analysis of Classroom Teacher Behavior 3
READ 30566 Researching Classroom Practice 3
EDUC 01624 Educational Change 3
CURR 29580 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development 3
LDTC 18510 Applied Learning Theories 3
ELEM 02602 Self-Study in Research in Teacher Leadership 1
Total Program Semester Hours: 30

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives (which must include applicant's definition of a "Teacher Leader")

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred.
  • NJ Standard or CEAS Teaching Certification (required only for Special Ed. Content COGS)

  • Signed statement of regular, on-going access to a classroom

  • Statement confirming you are currently teaching and have been an active teacher for at least one academic year.

  • The applicant must provide proof of appropriate certification as well as a letter of employment confirming the specific dates (not just years) during which the applicant has taught or served the educational community under the appropriate certificate.


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall - Module 1 September 1 July 1
Summer - Module 5 May 18 April 1
Summer - Module 6 June 30 June 1