Master of Education
Teacher Leadership

All-in price:
$8,675
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Application due date for October 4, 2021 term:
October 1
Estimated time to completion:
15 Months
All-in price:
$8,675
View Tuition Details
Application due date for October 4, 2021 term:
October 1
Estimated time to completion:
15 Months

Extend your impact beyond the classroom.

A skilled teacher has profound influence on students. But a skilled teacher leader can make a difference for an even wider group: fellow educators, school stakeholders, curriculum decision-makers and beyond. This program helps you develop skills so that you can assist other teachers in reaching their full potential, realize and maintain your school’s vision, or advocate for education policies to better support student learning. In short, you’ll learn to become a change agent.

#4

in the nation for most master's degrees awarded in education*.

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How you'll get there.

  1. You’ll take a total of eleven courses. Ten of these courses (most students take one at a time) center around developing and supporting teachers. In your coursework, you’ll study coaching and leadership models, evaluation techniques, instructional design methods, and the influence of culture. Each course is five weeks long.
  2. At the end of the program, you’ll complete a capstone course to demonstrate and document the impact of the knowledge you’ve gained throughout the program.

What you can expect along the way.

  •  Quality instruction ACE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and we’re the #4 nationwide conferrer of master's degrees in education.*
  • Flexible class format Our asynchronous online classes enable you to plan your coursework around your life. Each course is 5 weeks long with outlined expectations each week.
  • Relevant coursework Our classes teach practical and immediately applicable skills. What you learn at ACE today can be immediately applied in your learning environment tomorrow.
  • Accelerated completion available If you completed the Certificate in Teacher Leadership at ACE, you can apply your credits to complete your degree faster.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

31 semester credits
x $235 per credit

$7,285

Fees

$50 Application Fee

$1,240 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$1,390

Total Program Cost1

$8,675

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Meet your department chair.

Bryan Bailey, Ed.D.

Bryan Bailey, Ed.D.

Chair, Department of Leadership and Administration,
Department of Leadership and Administration

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A degree you can count on.

We are, and have always been, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

Courses

M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 31 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Teaching/Learning Core Courses (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

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.

3 semester credits

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 regard to ability and attitude. The role of technology integration in differentiating to meet learner needs will be discussed and applied.

3 semester credits

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.

Leadership Courses (13 semester credits)

3 semester credits

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.

3 semester credits

This course explores leadership models to increase teacher leadership through collaboration, mentoring, and shared governance within school organizations. Participants will engage in self-evaluation to identify their leadership qualities and capacity for leadership activity, to improve professional practices positively impacting student achievement. Participants will engage in critical thinking and problem-solving skills to navigate demands from multiple stakeholders and become advocates for continuous school improvement.

3 semester credits

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.

1 semester credit

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.

3 semester credits

This course is designed to equip teacher leaders to effectively analyze the importance of a school improvement plan in driving decision-making processes leading to student achievement. Recognition is given to understanding the important role of teacher leaders in how they can support school reform and aid colleagues through formal leadership endeavors. Learners will build a knowledge base to execute school improvement initiatives guiding both individual teaching behavior and school-wide practices.

Research Courses (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course enables students to become informed consumers of research and to develop skills to prepare them to carry out action research in their professional 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 professional practice.

ESL/BL/TESOL Courses (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits

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 leadership and advocacy knowledge and skills required to share information on policies and trends with colleagues; to work collaboratively with colleagues, student families and community members to advocate for student and teacher rights, needs, and resources, and to represent and advocate for the teaching profession and their students outside the classroom.

Social Sciences Courses (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits

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.

Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the 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

  • 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

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours or program pathway credit hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program or program pathway credit hours, receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional 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 fifty cents ($0.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California 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.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

For English as a second language applicant information, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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