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MSU's Teacher Leader Fifth-year and Master of Arts programs provides strong leadership training for candidates who choose to serve as classroom teachers and allows candidates to hone their skills. You may select options which cater to your areas of specialization, allowing you to further serve as a resource teacher, consultant, committee chair, and as an instructional leader among your peers in your schools and districts. Our programs also allow you to focus on skills needed to leverage both internal and external resources that influence student achievement. Teacher leaders often help connect teachers and administrators, to identify strengths and weaknesses in order to improve educational processes and policy. Teacher leaders can become an advocate for the needs of a particular grade level, school, school district and beyond.

You will have a mix of face-to-face and online classes with full-time education instructors teaching the bulk of the courses. Graduates will be certified to teach in Kentucky, but MSU's teacher leader program is the only one in the Commonwealth that will prepare you to become certified by the National Board of Education and teach in all 50 states. 

Options

You may pursue one of the following program options:

Additionally, Teacher Leader master's candidates may select from a wide variety of areas of specialization to pursue within the fifth-year and master's programs including:

Program Requirements

Teacher Leader Fifth-Year

  1. A baccalaureate degree
  2. A standard or provisional teaching certificate or statement of eligibility
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50
  4. An approved professional growth plan signed by school supervisor

Teacher Leader, Master of Arts

  1. A teaching certificate or statement of eligibility
  2. Approved professional growth plan
  3. An acceptable admission index by meeting any of the following:
    a. Acceptable GRE score
    b. Acceptable Miller Analogies Test Scaled Score
    c. Master's degree

For a complete list of requirements for our programs and additional course information, visit the graduate catalog website.

Degree plans

Career Opportunities

Becoming a teacher leader is not only a great choice for numerous career options, it's perfect for aspiring teachers wanting to make noticeable change in the educational system. Teacher leaders often help connect teachers and administrators, especially in identifying what's working and what's not, resulting in better educational processes and policy. Teacher leaders can become an advocate for the needs of a particular grade level, school, school district and beyond.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance.

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