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Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Degree Awarded: MED
Unit: GE
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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 P-12 Endorsement
  6. Content Area or Teaching Specialty (e.g. Humanities, Biology, Women & Gender Studies, etc.)
  7. Special Education Core (For Teachers already certified in Special Education)
  8. Autism
  9. Assistive Technology
  10. Elementary Mathematics Specialist P-5 Endorsement
  11. Classroom Reading P-12 Endorsement
  12. Gifted and Talented P-12 Endorsement

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 the 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; GRE scores are not required for admission.

Teacher Leadership - Level I (9 credit hours)

EDAP  637  Using Assessment to Improve Student Achievement 3
EDAP  638  Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners 3
EDAP/EDSP  639  Education Research in the P-12 Setting 3

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 Mentoring 3
EDAP 607   Teacher Leadership in Practice 3

CARDS 6 (Exit Assessment): Successful completion of all required coursework; 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 Hours: 30

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".

Departmental Faculty

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Chair of Middle/Secondary Education Department

Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Peggy Brooks

Coordinator of the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program

Sherri Brown
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Early Childhood/Elementary Education Department

Jan Calvert

Coordinator Alternative Certification Program

James Chisholm

Assistant Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade

Associate Professor

Tammi Davis


Monica Delano
Associate Professor

Director Doctoral Program

John Finch

Acting Chair of Early Childhood and Early Elementary Education Department

Penny Howell

Associate Professor

Jill Jacobi-Vessels

Assistant Professor

Pam Jett


Karen Karp


Tasha Laman

Associate Professor

Timothy Landrum

Chair of Special Education Department

Ann Larson


Amy Lingo

Assistant Chair of Special Education Department

Maggie McGatha

Associate Professor

Lori Norton-Meier


Elizabeth Patton
Assistant Professor Term

Assistant Chair of Middle and Secondary Education Department

Scott Patton


Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Susan Peters

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott


Caroline Sheffield

Associate Professor

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor

Amy Stevens


Steve Swan

Director of Instructional Technology Program

Shelley Thomas

Associate Professor

Thomas Tretter

Director of Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

Kathryn Whitmore-Barten
Endowed Chair, Early Childhood Education

Director, Early Childhood Research Center

Jean Wolph

Director of Louisville Writing Project

Contact Information

Teacher Leadership - MEd.

Department of Teaching and Learning

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