Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Degree Awarded: MED
Unit: GE
Program Webpage:

Program Information

The M.Ed. program is designed for certified teachers who plan to seek a masters degree. The program was designed in collaboration with P-12 classroom teachers, district specialists, and university faculty and school administrators for preparing teacher leaders. The program can lead to an endorsement for Teacher Leadership.

Specialization Areas

Students will work with a faculty mentor to develop a specialization unique to their professional needs. The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership has a number of specializations such as:

  1. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  2. Elementary Education
  3. Middle Grades Education
  4. Secondary Education
  5. English as a Second Language
  6. Instructional Technology
  7. Content Area or Teaching Specialty (e.g. Humanities, Biology, Women & Gender Studies, etc.)
  8. Special Education Core (For Teachers already certified in Special Education)
  9. Autism
  10. Assistive Technology
  11. Learning and Behavior Disorders (For teachers already certified in Special Education)
  12. Moderate and Severe Disabilities (For teachers already certified in Special Education)

Program Highlights

  • individualized to meet professional goals
  • based on three levels of leadership development
  • many specialized courses specific to content area and grade level
  • preparation pathway to National Board Application
  • courses taught by nationally recognized faculty
  • focused on meeting needs of diverse learners
  • emphasizes coaching and mentoring
  • places your classroom and school as the focus of course discussions and assessments


CARDS 4 (Entry Assessment): Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and to the Teacher Leader M.Ed. program; Self-Assessment on Kentucky Guide to Reflective Classroom Practice; Professional Growth Plan.

Teacher Leadership - Level I (9 credit hours)

CoursesCredit Hours
EDAP 637 Using Assessment to Improve Student Achievement3
EDAP 638 Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners3
EDAP/EDSP 639 Education Research in the P-12 Setting3

CARDS 5 (Mid-point Assessment- after Level I Leadership and 9 credit hours of Level II coursework): Successful completion of all Level I work and 6-9 credit hours of Level II work; self-assessment on standards 1-4 of the Kentucky Guide to Reflective Practice, Diversity Field Experience Reflection. Scored acceptable or target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates (by advisor); acceptable Dispositions assessment, minimum GPA of 3.0.

Teacher Leadership – Level II (12-15 credit hours)12-15
Elective: (0-3 credit hours)
Teacher Leadership – Level III (6 credit hours)
EDAP 677 Teacher Leadership Through Coaching and Mentoring3
EDAP 681 Teacher Leadership in Practice3

CARDS 6(Exit Assessment): Successful completion of all required coursework; adapted NBPTS Entry #4; updated and revised Professional Growth Plan; final self-assessment on all standards of the Kentucky Guide to Reflective Practice; scored Acceptable or Target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates (by advisor).

Minimum Total Credit Hours30

1. Minimum of 18 credit hours in 600-level courses is required.
2. Transfer credit must be officially accepted by the advisor (maximum of 6 credit hours) - final acceptance is dependent upon receipt of official transcripts.
3. A maximum of 6 credit hours taken in non-degree status can be applied toward a master's degree (upon approval of advisor).
4. All courses must be completed within 6 years of admission to the program.
5. To complete the program, students must have minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. No credit shall be accepted for carrying a grade lower than "C".

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, "Academic Policies,Procedures, and Requirements".


Kathryn Whitmore Barten
Endowed Chair, Early Childhood Education

Director, Early Childhood Research Center

Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Chair of Middle/Secondary Education Department

Peggy Brooks

Coordinator of the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program

Sherri Brown
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Early Childhood/Elementary Education Department

James Chisholm

Assistant Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Special Education Department

Tammy Davis


Monica Delano
Associate Professor

Director Doctoral Program

John Finch


Amy Seely Flint

Chair of Early Childhood/Elementary Education Department

Penny Howell

Associate Professor

Jill Jacobi-Vessels

Associate Professor Term

Pam Jett


Lateefah Id-deen

Assistant Professor

Tasha Laman
Associate Professor

Director of Nystrand Center

Timothy Landrum

Chair of Special Education

Ann Larson

Dean of the College of Education and Human Development

Amy Lingo

Associate Professor

Sheron Mark

Assistant Professor

Justin McFadden

Assistant Professor

Maggie McGatha

Associate Professor

Lori Norton-Meier


Mikkaka Overstreet

Director of Minority Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP)

Elizabeth Patton

Assistant Professor Term

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Susan Peters

Assistant Professor

Stephanie Philipp


Terry Scott


Caroline Sheffield

Associate Professor

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor

Amy Stevens

Special Appointment to Middle/Secondary Education Department

Steve Swan

Director of Instructional Technology Program

Shelley Thomas

Associate Professor

Thomas Tretter

Director of Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

Jean Wolph

Director of Louisville Writing Project