2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (June 2014) 
    Jun 02, 2020  
2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (June 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)

Return to: M.S. in Education 

This is a 30-semester-credit specialization designed to help teachers lead with greater confidence and skill in their classroom and throughout their learning community. Courses are infused with key leadership concepts, such as teacher mentorship, coaching, and distributed leadership. This specialization allows teachers to build upon their existing expertise as teaching professionals with dynamic leadership tools to encourage and mentor their colleagues, learn more about their own leadership style and its impact on those around them, and leverage the latest research and theory to guide their decisions and enhance their leadership capabilities. With the strategies and experiences gained from this program, teachers can help address such key challenges as parent involvement and student achievement.

Each course is 8 weeks in length, and there are two consecutive courses per semester. The program is offered in a prescribed online sequence.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Engage students in learning within and across the disciplines and help students understand how the subjects they study can be used to explore important issues in their lives and the world around them.
  2. Collaborate with colleagues to improve schools and to advance knowledge and practice in their field.
  3. Use a variety of approaches to help students build knowledge and strengthen understanding.
  4. Identify skills gaps and preconceptions students may bring to the subject.
  5. Use diverse instructional strategies to teach for understanding.
  6. Collaborate with others to improve student learning.
  7. Collaborate with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development, and staff development.



Course Sequence

Semester Course Credits
1 EDUC 6610 - Teacher as Professional 3 sem. cr.
EDUC 6640 - Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 3 sem. cr.
2 EDUC 6647 - Dynamic Teacher Leadership 3 sem. cr.
EDUC 6650 - Enhancing Learning Through Linguistic and Cultural Diversity 3 sem. cr.
3 EDUC 6651 - Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement 3 sem. cr.
EDUC 6733 - Action Research for Educators 3 sem. cr.
4 EDUC 6655 - Teacher Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration With Colleagues 3 sem. cr.
EDUC 6657 - Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment 3 sem. cr.
5 EDUC 6659 - Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities 3 sem. cr.
EDUC 6674 - Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Students With Special Needs 3 sem. cr.


New students may also choose to participate in the Accelerated Teacher Leadership Specialization  course sequence.

Note on Licensure

The only program offered by Walden that is state-approved as leading to any administrative/leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, superintendent) is the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration, which has been approved in Minnesota for leading to licensure as a P–12 principal.

In addition, some of Walden’s programs in leadership can lead to principal licensure in Texas through a partnership with the Harris County Department of Education. For more information about the Texas Principal Certification Program, please contact Harris County at http://www.hcde-texas.org/default.aspx?name=PrinCert.

Prospective candidates from outside of Minnesota should review their state licensure requirements to ensure that completing a teacher or principal preparation program at Walden will meet eligibility requirements for similar licensure in their states.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.