The program is designed not only to lead to rank change and the Teacher Leader endorsement but also to impact the culture of the schools and address the specific needs of the service area school districts by equipping teachers with leadership knowledge, skills, and dispositions for the 21st century. The program is also designed to be responsive to requirements of the Kentucky Department of Education for P-12 schools.

All courses are online and include job-embedded learning experiences.

Entrance Requirements for the Online Master’s in Teacher As Leader

The candidates may be admitted to the M.Ed. program upon completion of the following criteria:

  1. Complete the Graduate School Application for Admission form, which must be submitted online with non-refundable fees of USD 35.00.
  2. Submit an application and supporting forms for the Master of Education teacher as leader program to the education division, which include:
    • Signed Administrator Agreement;
    • Signed Code of Ethics;
    • Three recommendations, including one from a school administrator;
    • Official undergraduate transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree in education (or graduate degree in education) from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0; and
    • Evidence of successful KTIP or student teaching.
  3. Submit a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Office of Financial Aid and talk with a financial aid counselor.
  4. Schedule an interview with the graduate program coordinator to devise a degree plan.
  5. Once all admission criteria have been satisfactorily completed and received by the education division, as well as all steps in the admission process have been successfully followed, the student may register for classes.
Transfer of Credit

All graduate students who wish to transfer graduate credit from other institutions to be applied to Lindsey Wilson College’s Master of Education teacher as leader degree should be aware of the following criteria:

  • Transfer credit must carry a grade of A or B and must be earned at the graduate level from regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  • Transfer credit must be consistent with the program’s curriculum, which comprises the required Master of Education teacher as leader program structure.
  • Transfer credit must be judged to be equivalent to Master of Education teacher as leader coursework. Elective credit must also be comparable to graduate courses consistent with the student’s course of study.
  • No more than 12 credit hours may be transferred into the Master of Education teacher as leader program.
  • The following courses must be taken at Lindsey Wilson College:
  • Learning to Lead (EDUC 5103),
  • Action Research for Teacher Leadership (EDUC 5153), and
  • School Leadership & Professional Learning Communities (EDUC 5163).

Once the chair of the education division and the director of the graduate program have approved the transfer hours, the student must complete admission to the program and submit the appropriate course transcripts to the Registrar’s Office for final action.

Graduation Requirements
  • Learning to Lead (EDUC 5103) –- 3 hours
  • Conducting Action Research (EDUC 5113) –- 3 hours
  • Instructional Design & 21st Century Skills (EDUC 5123) –- 3 hours
  • Assessment, Accountability & Student Learning (EDUC 5133)- – 3 hours
  • Diversity, Leadership & School Improvement (EDUC 5143) –- 3 hours
  • Action Research for Teacher Leadership (EDUC 5153) –- 3 hours
  • School Leadership & Professional Learning Communities (EDUC 5163) –- 3 hours
  • Literacy & 21st Century Skills (EDUC 5213) – 3 hours
  • ESL & Literacy (EDUC 5223) – 3 hours
  • Leadership in Differentiating Instruction (EDUC 5233) –- 3 hours

TOTAL: 30 credit hours

Evaluation of Candidates at Program Completion (Stage 6)

At the conclusion of the program, candidates will be assessed on the following:

  • 3.0 overall GPA,
  • Successful completion of coursework & coursework performance assessments at 80-100 percent mastery,
  • Successful completion of all job-embedded teacher performance assessments at 80-100 percent mastery,
  • Key assessments: Action Research Project, Leadership Development Project, Leadership Professional Growth Plan,
  • Leadership philosophy,
  • Leadership reflection journals,
  • Final disposition assessment,
  • Self-assessment of dispositions & reflection on growth,
  • Final assessment from administrator and collaborating teachers, and
  • Capstone assessment presentation and interview.