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Teacher Leadership

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teacher Leadership prepares classroom teachers for enhanced leadership opportunities. Responsibilities as instructional coaches, mentors, team leaders, and other roles are increasingly offered to outstanding classroom teachers who wish to stay in the classroom while expanding their portfolio of leadership. Candidates are equipped to be informed decision makers in education policy, as well as innovative advocates for their profession, students, families, and the communities in which they serve. An emphasis on organizational and instructional leadership prepares candidates to be collaborative leaders who enable others to flourish.

Teacher Friendly
Classes in the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership are taught on weekends, during the summer and as online-hybrid courses. This allows the working practitioner to attend classes and complete the program within 18 months. All individual course assignments are directly related to the work of the teacher in the role they serve, advancing Belmont’s commitment to create great leaders for 21st century schools.

Emphasis on Engaged Leadership
Belmont’s M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership is an innovative approach to organizational change, strengthening the voice and impact of teacher leaders and giving them opportunities to collaborate with other entrepreneurial leaders in the field. Our candidates look at change mindsets as mechanisms of advancing public good while probing what has limited positive change in the past.

Emphasis on Advocacy
Belmont’s M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership starts with the premise that effective 21at century leaders must first be culturally responsive to the organizations and communities in which they serve. Equally important is the need for 21st century educational leaders to be advocates for students, families, and the profession of education. Therefore, every candidate in this program will be challenged to look at educational policy and structures from the lens of an advocate looking to create opportunities for others to flourish while simultaneously using data and informed professional experience to shape policy and curriculum change.

Program of Study
Leadership Core

Leadership in Organizations
Cultural Responsiveness and Diversity in Organizations
Assessment and Data for School Improvement

Emphasis Courses

Educational Policy and Advocacy
Collaboration and Engagement for Families and Communities
Leading Professional Learning Communities in Educational Organizations
Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
Portfolio Leadership: Branding, Communication, and Impact
Organizational Culture Change and human Flourishing
Applied Learning in Leadership<