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The Educational Specialist degree in Education with a concentration in Teacher Leadership is designed to prepare graduates for a wide range of professional positions in education, including curriculum coordinator, lead teacher, instructional coach, and teacher-mentor. For individuals who hold a Master's degree in School Administration and an administrator license, the program requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework above the Master's degree. If the student holds a Master's degree in an area other than School Administration, the program of study requires a minimum of 37 credit hours of coursework above the Master's degree.
Program candidates in the Teacher Leadership concentration area learn to analyze data, evaluate instruction, improve student achievement, make strategic decisions, creatively solve problems, promote collaborative learning, empower others, supervise staff, promote change, and establish a positive school culture. Teacher leadership candidates also focus on developing positive school culture by supporting and improving pedagogy among P-12 instructors. Degree completers will be skilled at helping other teachers better understand their subject matter, how they teach it, how to monitor student learning, how to think systematically about curriculum and pedagogy, and how to develop healthy learning communities.
We are currently accepting applications thru May 1st, 2022 for the summer 2022 cohort.
To be eligible for admission to the program, the applicant must hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution, meet the basic requirements specified for graduate students at Mississippi State University, demonstrate interest in the mission of P-12 schools, and demonstrate academic proficiency based on the following indicators:
- Grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on master's degree;
- Letter of endorsement from current school administrator and two other letters of reference;
- Statement of purpose;
- Copy of valid teacher’s license;
- Evidence of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience;
- Current résumé; and