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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teacher Leadership

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Program Information

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The Master of Education (M.Ed.) 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. The program approaches leadership from the perspectives of exemplary teaching, continuous learning for all, a need to balance change with stability and the importance of peaceful existence in a diverse community of learners. To that end, teachers will enhance their abilities to lead not only in their classrooms, but also in the school at large by working with curriculum, becoming mentor/master teachers, developing new programs, and through a variety of other activities that improve 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 New Jersey State Teacher Model Standards
  2. To develop teacher expertise in a content area of choice.
  3. To empower teachers to assume leadership roles within their schools and districts.

The following seven core propositions of the New Jersey State Teacher Model Standards provide the focus for the master's program in Standards-Based Practice:

  • Fostering a Collaborative Culture to Support Educator Development and Student Learning
  • Accessing and Using Research to Improve Practice and Student Learning
  • Promoting Professional Learning for Continuous Improvement
  • Facilitating Improvements in Instruction and Student Learning
  • Promoting the Use of Assessments and Data for School and District Improvement
  • Improving Outreach and Collaboration with Families and Community
  • Advocating for Student Learning and the Profession
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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:

Core Courses: 19 Semester Hours

  • 18 semester hours in Teaching & Learning
  • 1 semester hour in Self-Study Research in Teacher Leadership (METL 50550)

Content Area Courses: 11-21 Semester Hours

Choose from one of the following:

  • Early Childhood Special Education: 15 Semester Hours
  • Educational Technology: 15 Semester Hours
  • English as a Second Language: 15 Semester Hours
  • Global History: 15 Semester Hours
  • History: 15 Semester Hours
  • Holocaust and Genocide Education (Sociology & Anthropology, Glassboro 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: 15 Semester Hours

Program Exit: 1 Semester Hour

Self-Study Research in Teacher Leadership (METL 50550)

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 eight-week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

  • 11-14 Courses / 30-40 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 19 S.H.
METL 50512 Curriculum Development for Teacher Leaders and Other School Professionals 3
METL 50514 Agency in Teacher Leadership 3
METL 50511 Teacher Leadership and Learning Communities 3
METL 50516 Analysis of Classroom Teacher Behaviors 3
METL 01624 Educational Change 3
METL 50513 Teacher Leadership in Practice 3
METL 50550 Self-Study in Teacher Leadership 1
Content Area Courses: 11-21 S.H.

The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions 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 will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • Completed M.Ed. Teaching Verification Form
  • $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
    • Must include applicant's definition of a "Teacher Leader"
    • For the Early Childhood Special Education (birth-5) Certificate of Graduate Study/Track: Please explain how this Early Childhood Special Education (birth-5) Certificate of Graduate Study/Track aligns with your professional objectives and what you hope to learn from this non-certification program.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of initial NJ Standard Instructional Certificate, Certificate of eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS), or Certificate of Eligibility (CE) in early childhood, elementary, subject matter or health and physical education; out of state teaching license (required only for Special Ed. Content COGS)
  • Signed statement of regular, on-going access to a classroom
    • Early Childhood Special Education track - Please submit 1-2 paragraphs briefly listing/describing at least one licensed, center-based preschool and/or Early Childhood home-based or center-based site that directly works with young children (in the birth-5 range) where you anticipate being able to complete field-related assignments aligned with ECSE track/COGS coursework (i.e., during and/or after-hours from your current employment for certain assignments per semester may work for our purposes). Please be sure to include the site location and contact information (email, phone) of the director. [Note that a local site covering birth-5 would be ideal since we have a course dedicated to infants/toddlers separate from preschool-aged children. If you only identify one local preschool-aged site for three-to-five-year-olds, however, this is okay for our purposes as long as you are willing to brainstorm alternative options with the instructor to observe/interact with younger children in the infant/toddler methods course, as per assignment guidelines.]
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M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership

Career Outlook

Our program develops teacher leaders who practice teaching skills aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)'s Five Core Propositions. In addition to excelling in a classroom setting, our teachers are empowered to assume leadership roles within their schools and district in positions such as Principal and Assistant Principal, District Administrator, Instructional Coordinator, Director or Supervisor, or Dean of Students or Faculty.

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