Educational Specialist in Education with a concentration in Teacher Leadership

For general inquiries about the program, please contact edleadership@colled.msstate.edu.

Program Overview

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.


Admission Criteria

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:

  1. Grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on master's degree;
  2. Letter of endorsement from current school administrator and two other letters of reference;
  3. Statement of purpose;
  4. Copy of valid teacher’s license;
  5. Evidence of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience;
  6. Current résumé; and
  7. Interview

 


Courses 
EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics4
EDL 7000Directed Individual Study in Educational Leadership 13
or EDL 8353Teacher Leadership Internship3
Graduate-level coursework (a program minimum of 15 hours at the 8000-level is required)15
EDL 8313Assessing Content Knowledge for Teacher Leadership3
EDL 8323Differentiation of Instruction for Teacher Leadership3
EDL 8333Teaching Practice and Learning Environment for Teacher Leadership3
EDL 8343Effective and Reflective Practitioner for Teacher Leadership3
Total Hours37

1 Students may take 3 or 6 hours of EDL 7000.

Individuals holding a Master's degree in School Administration and an administrator license are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework above the Master's degree. 
Individuals holding a Master's degree in an area other than School Administration are required to complete a minimum of 37 credit hours of coursework above the Master's degree.

A comprehensive examination is required.