Ed.S. Teacher Leadership
The Specialist in Education in Teacher Leadership is an advanced degree program designed for educators who hold master's level certification in teaching, leadership, or service and who want to develop their skills as teacher leaders within their grade levels and schools (P-12). This performance-based degree program seeks to achieve a proper balance between the experiences required for training a specialist and those required for development as a professional educator working with other educators. Completion of the program and a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment for Teacher Leadership will lead to eligibility for Level 6 certification in Teacher Leadership by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). As a part of the Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership curriculum, students will complete courses necessary to earn an in-field Coaching Endorsement. The Coaching Endorsement equips students with the skills to use performance assessment data to guide, mentor, and lead a variety of teachers and educators and is approved by the GaPSC.
A Teacher Leadership Portfolio and Online Teacher Leader Network will assist candidates as they transform into highly effective teacher leaders prepared to meet today's challenges. Other support elements include coaches, candidate support teams, and individual growth plans.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of curriculum and apply this knowledge to the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to standards
- Model best practices in pedagogy and serve as a mentor and coach for other educators
- Work with others to design and implement assessment practices and analyze data for monitoring and improving teaching and learning through data-informed decision making
- Expand theoretical and practical knowledge of teachers with an understanding of the social-cultural, legal, political, and philosophical forces that influence the school environment
PROGRAM DELIVERY MODEL
The Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership program is delivered in a blended format–a combination of in-class and online coursework and may be completed in three semesters (approximately 12 months). In this delivery format, three seminars will be conducted on campus (two in the Fall and one in the Spring; no seminars are scheduled during the Summer semester), with the rest of the material being delivered online. Three required Saturday seminars are conducted on the Atlanta campus, and are scheduled from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Faculty are also available for individual meetings as needed. Online components of the program are completed in Canvas, Mercer's course management system. Students are admitted once per year for the Fall (August) term.