Advanced Instructional Studies and Special Education

Teacher Leadership

The Master of Science in Education in Teacher Leadership provides a post-baccalaureate opportunity for licensed teachers who seek to expand content, pedagogical knowledge, and leadership role. The degree consists of 30-36 hours which provides a pathway to the instructional facilitator license and the LEAD teacher designation. By completing 18 hours of graduate content knowledge coursework for a particular content area, graduates will be able to teach concurrent credit and adjunct at area colleges and universities. 

This program will prepare experienced teachers to assume leadership roles such as resource providers, instructional specialists, curriculum specialists, classroom supporters, learning facilitators, mentors, school team leaders, and data coaches. Candidates will gain the skills and knowledge to demonstrate proficiency with the Arkansas Teacher Leader Model Standards through real-world application in K-12 settings. This program requires a current teaching license. 

Feedback from school district partners served as a basis for the program design as did the Arkansas Teacher Leader Standards. Program advisory groups consisting of district leadership described the need for teachers licensed as LEAD teachers.  

Teacher Leadership/Instructional Facilitator Core 

3 hours EDU 6813 Educational Law for Teachers or SPE 6313 Special Education Law 

3 hours EDU 5543 Exploring Perspectives of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

3 hours EDL 6223 Supervision and Educational Leadership

3 hours EDL 6623 Curriculum Strategies for Instructional Leaders 

3 hours EDL 6693 Technology for School Leaders

3 hours EDL 6343 School and Community Relations 

12-18 hours from an area of specialization.

Areas of specialization include:

  • Dyslexia Therapy
  • Early Childhood (ages 3-4)
  • English
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Educational Technology
  • Physical Education

Our faculty members, whether they teach Teacher Leadership Core courses or specialty courses, possess rich and unique backgrounds as teachers, researchers, and administrators.  They are committed to helping classroom teachers enhance their teaching effectiveness.

The MSE in Teacher Leadership provides you with the opportunity to expand your teaching abilities and grow in your content knowledge with the goal of providing your students with the best education possible. Eighteen hours in a specific content area provides in-service teachers with the ability to teach concurrent credit courses at the secondary level and in their specialty area at the college level. 

Contacts  

Dr. Charlotte White-Wright
Chair, Department of Advanced Instructional Studies and Special Education

Ms. Paula Golden
Administrative Assistant
870-230-5335