Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

The Master’s Degree (M.Ed.) in Teacher Leadership and Educational Leadership is a cohort experience designed to provide candidates with the content knowledge and credentials necessary to lead schools through an integrated lens of leadership effectively. At the conclusion of the program, candidates will possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to effectively lead educational organizations to higher levels of achievement for all students as both teacher leaders and building leaders.  

Applicants will be admitted for this program in Fall semesters only and will take two 3-hour courses per semester and the 30-hour sequence will be completed in 5 semesters. Applicants will select one of three sequenced elective concentrations: Coaching for Performance, Leadership in Rural Schools, or Leadership in Urban Schools. After completing the degree and passing the Educational Leadership GACE and Teacher Leadership GACE, candidates will be eligible to add the Tier I Leadership field and Teacher Leadership service field to their educator certificate. All fields including teaching fields will upgrade to a Level 5 (T5, L5 and S5). This program is in accordance with teacher leadership standards and educational leadership 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership degree, you must:

  1.  Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours
  2.  Complete a six-month residency where you will:
    1. Develop an Individual Growth Plan (IGP)
    2. Develop a Residency Project Proposal.
    3. Identify opportunities in multiple settings to develop and demonstrate an effective teacher leader's knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
    4. Present your Residency Project and Capstone Portfolio as evidence of your accomplishment in the areas specified by the Teacher Leadership standards.
  3. Meet KSU's requirements for satisfactory graduate student performance and graduation, as outlined in the Academic Policies section of the KSU Graduate Catalog.
  4. Attempt Teacher Leadership GACE and the Tier I Educational Leadership GACE

The faculty and staff are here to support and assist you in making your experience individualized and meaningful for a long career. Kennesaw State is the place in Georgia for innovative and supportive teacher training.



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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Online

Number of Credit Hours: 36 Total Hours

Entry Term: Summer

Time to Complete: Two-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer, April 1st
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Admissions Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate - To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto
  • Personal Reflections Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should be 1-2 pages and address your professional training and interest, educational beliefs, professional goals, and why you seek to pursue your degree at KSU. 
  • Mentor Form Mentor Form - This program requires that you have a qualified mentor who meets the GaPSC Mentor requirements at each phase in your program.
  • Resume or Professional Vitae - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document your education, years of teaching experience, current school and district, volunteer and service activities in which you have participated, and any leadership involvement. Resume MUST reflect at least THREE years of professional teaching or administrative experience prior to admission consideration. 
  • Employment - Employment - Candidates are required to be employed as teachers or administrators in a traditional public school district, a charter school district, a charter school, or an independent school BPSC regulation, candidates must be referred for admissions by their respective schools/districts, and Kennesaw State University must hold a Performance-Based partnership with the referring district. 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Two Professional Recommendations - Please use the online recommendation system to have your recommendation form sent electronically from sources that can address your success in teaching, ability for success in graduate study, and commitment to learners.
  • Interview - An interview may be required. If so, you will be contacted by the program to set up an interview. 
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Teacher Leadership Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Approved by the GPSC — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission fully supports all degrees for the Specialist in Secondary and Middle Grades Education at Kennesaw State University.

  • Classroom or Leadership Path — The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership provides you with the skills and knowledge to continue within the classroom or change career paths toward an administrative position.

  • Advocate for Education Resources — Many educational professionals must also learn to advocate for their student's needs. You will have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to support your students — at the local, state and, even national levels.  — You may apply for up to 9 credit hours from an accredited graduate education.

What can you do with a Teacher Leadership degree?

The Master’s in Teacher Leadership degree is designed to improve your practice as a classroom educator while preparing you for many possible professional futures.  

Additionally, if you decide to remain in an instructional role, you may pursue an EDS degree in curriculum & instruction, instructional technology, or many other fields.  Other possible professional positions you may hold with the Teacher Leadership degree include:

  • Assistant Principal
  • College Provost
  • Dean of Students or Faculty
  • Director or Supervisor
  • District Administrator
  • Education Administrator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Principal
  • University Registrar
  • Curriculum Director

(If your goal is to become a school administrator, principal, or superintendent, KSU’s Educational Leadership program would be better suited for you.)

Teacher Leadership Salary and Career Information

Department of Educational Leadership

Kennesaw State University
Department of Educational Leadership
Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building 
580 Parliament Garden Way
Kennesaw, GA 30144 

Phone: 470-578-4377

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