Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

We offer the only online master’s degree in Michigan that qualifies you for the Michigan Advanced Professional Educator Designation.

Oakland University’s Master of Education in Teacher Leadership was the first in Michigan to be approved for Advanced Professional certification. Beginning in January 2021, we will offer the state’s first online master of education degree that makes you eligible for Advanced Professional Educator Designation. With online coursework that you can complete on a flexible schedule, our master’s in teacher leadership lets you keep working while you earn your degree. You’ll gain theoretical expertise and practical skills you can use immediately in your current classroom, while building the confidence and competencies to influence colleagues and bring about change as a teacher leader.

Oakland University’s Master of Education in Teacher Leadership was the first in Michigan to be approved for Advanced Professional certification. Beginning in January 2021, we will offer the state’s first online master of education degree that makes you eligible for Advanced Professional Educator Designation. With online coursework that you can complete on a flexible schedule, our master’s in teacher leadership lets you keep working while you earn your degree. You’ll gain theoretical expertise and practical skills you can use immediately in your current classroom, while building the confidence and competencies to influence colleagues and bring about change as a teacher leader.

Teacher Leadership Master’s Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Widely recognized as a model of excellence in teacher education, Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services has trained multiple generations of Michigan teacher leaders. Our online teacher leadership master’s degree provides a convenient, affordable pathway to the state’s highest level of teacher certification.

You’ll benefit from:

  • Highly engaged faculty. Our online master’s degree in teacher leadership uses a high-touch digital platform that supports robust faculty interaction and mentorship. You’ll receive one-on-one coaching, detailed feedback and personalized support from established experts, with ongoing communication and face-to-face weekend sessions about once a month. 
  • Practical, marketable skills. You’ll learn evidence-based teaching techniques that have been shown to improve student outcomes. In addition, our teacher leadership program equips you for curriculum leadership, instructional coaching, new-teacher mentorship, department leadership, and other educational leadership roles that increase your salary potential and your professional impact.
  • Personalized coursework. We designed our online master’s in teacher leadership with flexible curriculum that you can adapt to the needs of your own students and school culture. The program includes an action research project that you can conduct in your own classroom, drawing evidence-based conclusions that directly support your success.
  • Focus on equity and social justice. Educational leaders across Michigan seek culturally competent teachers who can work effectively with diverse student populations. Oakland’s teacher leadership master’s program includes dedicated coursework related to socioeconomic inequity, systemic inequity and cultural awareness.
  • Pathway to further credentials. If you decide to continue your studies, you can apply the credits from your master’s degree in teacher leadership directly toward a doctoral degree, education specialist credential, or other educational leadership program.

What Can You Do With a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership?

Our teacher leadership master’s degree is designed for educators who are committed to remaining in the classroom and wish to achieve excellence. In addition to attaining Advanced Professional Educator Designation (the highest status available in the state of Michigan), our master’s in teacher leadership qualifies you to:

  • Train and mentor new teachers
  • Collaborate on school policies with administrators and other education leaders
  • Establish standards and best practices
  • Develop curriculum

Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership: What You’ll Study

The teacher leadership master’s degree consists of 10 courses totaling 30 credits, which concludes with the design and launch of a transformational change project. Selected course titles include:

  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Technology for Teacher Leadership
  • Teacher Leader as Change Agent for Equitable Schools
  • Action Research in Your Classroom
  • Teacher Leader as Collaborative Practitioner

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership: Program Resources

Programs Related to the Teacher Leadership Master’s Degree

Not sure if the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership is right for you ? Check out these other graduate degree programs at Oakland, and contact the graduate admissions team to discuss your options.

  • Education Specialist in Leadership
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

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