Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Teacher Leadership

For general inquiries about the program, please contact Dr. Leigh Ann McMullan at

Program Overview

The Teacher Leadership program is designed to enable future teacher-leaders to develop strong leadership characteristics so that they are better equipped to improve student achievement, evaluate instruction, promote collaborative learning, empower others, supervise staff, and promote healthy learning communities. Teacher Leadership candidates will develop skills that will enable them to be educators and leaders in and outside of the classroom. Teacher Leadership graduates will be highly employable in a myriad of professional positions, such as instructional coaches, lead teachers, coordinators, and directors.

We are currently accepting applications thru August 1st, 2022 for the fall 2022 cohort.

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the program, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, meet the basic requirements specified for graduate students at Mississippi State University, and demonstrate academic proficiency based on the following indicators:

1. Grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale on the last half of the bachelor’s degree;
2. Letter of endorsement from current school administrator and two additional letters of reference;
3. Statement of purpose;
4. Valid teacher’s license;
5. Evidence of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience;
6. Current résumé; and
7. Interview.

Newly developed courses for the Teacher Leadership program have been designed using the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and will be relevant to all students interested in becoming teacher leaders. The 30-hour program is designed to complement the schedule of full-time educators and can be completed in 15 months.

Required Courses 
First Summer 
EDL 8423School Leadership3
EDL 8433Using Data for School Improvement3
EDL 8343Effective and Reflective Practitioner for Teacher Leadership3
EDL 8523Educating Diverse Learners3
EDL 8323Differentiation of Instruction for Teacher Leadership3
EDL 8623Curriculum Leadership3
EDL 8333Teaching Practice & Learning Environment for Teacher Leadership3
Second Summer  
ElectiveEDL, EDF, EDE, EDS, or EPY Elective3
EDL 8723Leadership for Positive School Culture3
EDL 8313Assessing Content Knowledge for Teacher Leadership3
Total Hours30