Master of Education
in Teacher Leadership

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teacher Leadership is designed for high-performing teachers whose goal is to support building principals by helping to create a system of shared leadership and by providing job-embedded, differentiated professional learning opportunities to teachers. 

Graduates are expected to develop a clear vision for educational transformation and work in a leadership role with principals and peers to align student experiences and school programs to support the vision. Graduates will be prepared to interpret research on leadership models and frameworks, learning theory, best practices, teacher evaluation, and motivation and use this evidence base to develop professional learning opportunities and curricula; identify and share student-centered instructional practices, and promote continuous improvement of learner motivation, engagement, and achievement. 

Course curriculum will address diverse perspectives and culture, personal and professional goal setting, reflective inquiry and practice, teacher leader modeling, and collaborative work with colleagues to achieve quality programming and teamwork among all stakeholders. Assessment and data interpretation, presented as tools for continuous improvement, will be integrated throughout the coursework.

Total cost at ACE

$8,210 (tuition + fees)

Compare with other institutions:

$25,092

Concordia University

$11,560

Western Governor's University

$19,570

Grand Canyon University

*Based on information provided on each institution's website as of August 2016

Tuition Details

Applications due February 16 for February 19, 2018 Term

Goals & Objectives

  • Improve the culture, climate, and learning in a school through analysis on instructional models

  • Advocate for, design, implement, and evaluate professional learning and development for teachers through a variety of strategies

  • Empower colleagues in the use of research-based strategies to improve teacher performance and student achievement

  • Serve as an advocate for the development of teacher leadership
Review official program outcomes in the Catalog.

"By earning an ACE master's degree, I feel more prepared to teach. My degree has prepared me to teach other educators about technology and how to integrate it into their own classrooms."

- Sara Lowe

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School Improvement

Students explore research on school improvement strategies, structures, and processes, analyze leadership decisions and behaviors, and examine the implications of research and commonly used practices for managing organizational change. Students also use existing research and literature to uncover underlying assumptions about school reform efforts, to improve the accuracy of problem identification, issues of human and social capital, the need for professional learning, and the challenges of overcoming bureaucratic and cultural norms.

Advocacy and Leadership

This course addresses growth opportunities for teacher leaders as they increase their awareness of educational policy and laws at the local, state, and national level and the roles of school leaders, boards of education, legislators, and other stakeholders in establishing these policies. Emphasis is placed on building the knowledge and skills required to share information on policies and trends with colleagues; to work collaboratively with colleagues to advocate for student and teacher rights, needs, and resources, and to represent and advocate for the teaching profession outside the classroom.


Department Chair

Crystal Neumann, D.B.A.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Leadership and Administration

Dr. Crystal Neumann previously worked in marketing and market research before she transitioned to higher education to work with and motivate adult learners. She has taught marketing and public relations in Germany and has worked as an administrator and instructor within higher education. Her work has been published in several journals, and she has presented at several national and international conferences.

Dr. Neumann continues to study leadership, marketing, and higher education. She enjoys being a part of every learner’s journey and seeing their growth throughout the program.


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Certificate in Teacher Leadership

Developed to enhance professional skills, this program provides an opportunity for teachers to develop skills in supporting senior level leadership by interpreting research, using learning theory, best practices in assessment and motivation and using evidence-based instructional strategies to engage professional development in
others.

Course curriculum addresses diverse perspectives, personal and professional goal setting, reflective inquiry and critical thinking.

18

Semester Credits

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A Note About Licensure

Graduates of programs which are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are solely responsible for determining whether they are eligible for licensure in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate. It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state.

Tuition

M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership

Total Tuition

31 semester credits x $235 per credit

$7,285

Fees

$50 Application Fee

$775 Technology & Library Fee ($25 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$925

Total Program Cost*

$8,210

*This is an estimate value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on the program selected, state of residence, number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the Admission Application, Enrollment Agreement, and Payment Agreement.
  • Submit a nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**
*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission*
  • Documentation of at least an initial teaching license (in the state the applicant resides), school service personnel license, or a school services certificate.
  • If applicants do not have a teaching certificate, they may document their teaching status by providing evidence of full-time teaching assignment from an individual in a supervisory capacity or from a human resources official of the school at their current employment

     

*Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.
  2. Submission of a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.
  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper-based or Internet-Based TOEFL exam.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the paper-based Test (PBT) is 550, and for the Internet-Based (IBT) Test is 80.
    • Applicants to the Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must submit scores from the Internet-Based (IBT) TOEFL An overall score of 80, and a score of 26 on the speaking section is required.
    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Admissions Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions to the Office of Academic Dean.

Courses

The following courses are required for this program, however may not represent our complete list of requirements. For detailed course and program descriptions, see the catalog.

This course addresses growth opportunities for teacher leaders as they increase their awareness of educational policy and laws at the local, state, and national level and the roles of school leaders, boards of education, legislators, and other stakeholders in establishing these policies. Emphasis is placed on building the knowledge and skills required to share information on policies and trends with colleagues; to work collaboratively with colleagues to advocate for student and teacher rights, needs, and resources, and to represent and advocate for the teaching profession outside the classroom.

How can those within the community support the established teaching and learning goals set by the school? This course provides a foundation for developing relationships among stakeholders in the school community—students, school, parents, and the community at large—for the express goal of supporting student learning. In addition to examining research findings, students will explore family engagement, mutually beneficial community relationships, and student advocacy. The course culminates with a plan for continuing school improvement and professional growth.

Learning happens as a natural function of the brain. Regardless of the situation, the environment influences how the brain perceives and performs. This course considers how to customize elements within an environment to foster value and interest, success and productivity. Moving beyond the physical setting, consideration is given to accessibility, organizational structure, and compatibility in regards to ability and attitude. The role of technology integration in differentiating to meet learner needs will be discussed and applied.

This course assists students in understanding teaching and learning processes and how to use this knowledge to increase the professional skills of colleagues for the purpose of increasing student achievement. Emphasis is placed on ways to model continuous learning and reflective practices and strategies to promote collaboration with colleagues to align instructional practices with school goals, mission, and vision. Technology integration and online delivery are major threads in the coursework.

Culture is an aspect of human interaction. It is a collection of values, attitudes, behaviors, and social mores expressed by a collection of individuals within a society, organization, institution, or country. The underlying philosophy or principles held by a culture are examined in this course to understand how productivity and performance, personal and professional relationships are established and maintained. These include the influence of organization and power structures and control systems which incorporate procedures and process along with routines and individual stories. Emphasis is placed on diverse learners, collaboration with stakeholders, data analysis and interpretation and its influence on culture, the impact of

instructional models, and the role of social-emotional learning.

Students explore research on school improvement strategies, structures, and processes, analyze leadership decisions and behaviors, and examine the implications of research and commonly used practices for managing organizational change. Students also use existing research and literature to uncover underlying assumptions about school reform efforts, to improve the accuracy of problem identification, issues of human and social capital, the need for professional learning, and the challenges of overcoming bureaucratic and cultural norms.

This course promotes the concept of leaders serving as role models of professional development for their staffs to achieve higher levels of performance within the organization. To do so, leaders must utilize effective strategies, programs, and services based on data-driven decisions and the needs of stakeholders in the organizational community. Emphasis is placed on the impact of relevant, high-quality, job-embedded, differentiated, technology-integrated professional learning opportunities aligned to organizational goals. The course also prepares leaders to serve as advocates for sufficient preparation, time, and support for colleagues to work collaboratively in job-embedded professional learning.

Success is attributed to effective decision making, a skill required for professional and personal reasons. An essential ability required by leaders, decision making is a process which identifies critical elements of a choice to determine a course of action. The focus for this course considers ways decisions are made and how these techniques can be evaluated to improve outcomes. Specifically, the course addresses the development of skills to efficiently and consistently make informed decisions using data to maintain awareness of organizational needs, demographics, and performance levels. The role of collaboration in decision making is also a major focus.

This course explores the leadership models and frameworks required for teacher leaders to share governance and work collaboratively with principals and other adults to achieve school goals for student learning and achievement. Recognition is given to the critical roles teachers assume in decision-making through the perspective of multiple stakeholders and the need for teacher leaders to assist in harnessing this collective knowledge to make a difference in teaching and learning. Learners engage in leadership interactions to develop instructional leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to become advocates and change agents for continuous school improvement. Emphasis is placed on understanding teacher evaluation systems and communicating this information to colleagues.

This course enables students to become informed consumers of research and to develop skills to prepare them to carry out action research in their schools and organizations. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. The course places action research within the context of various types of research and examines research in terms of basic concepts and various purposes, methods, data, and paradigms. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for educational and organizational leaders.

The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout, and as a result of studies related to the Teacher Leadership program.