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Education, Master - Instructional Leadership

Why choose Instructional Leadership at Saint Leo

Raise your profile with the College of Education & Social Science's fully online Master of Education (MEd) with a concentration in instructional leadership.

This program offers an innovative approach to teacher leadership based on the Teacher Leadership Model Standards (TLMS). The national standards are intended to codify, promote, and support teacher leadership as a vehicle for transforming schools to meet the needs of 21st-century learners.

Rather than serve as a comprehensive job description for teacher leaders, the Standards instead describe seven domains of leadership. Each domain is further developed and supported by a list of functions that a teacher leader who is an expert in that domain might perform.

Domain I: Fostering a Collaborative Culture to Support Educator Development and Student Learning
Domain II: Accessing and Using Research to Improve Practice and Student Learning
Domain III: Promoting Professional Learning for Continuous Improvement
Domain IV: Facilitating Improvements in Instruction and Student Learning
Domain V: Promoting the Use of Assessments and Data for School and District Improvement
Domain VI: Improving Outreach and Collaboration with Families and Community
Domain VII: Advocating for Student Learning and the Profession

Teachers in instructional leadership positions foster a culture of success that can reverberate across schools, districts and organizations. Working with their colleagues, teacher leaders can implement strategies that improve student learning. Research shows that collective leadership has a stronger influence on student achievement than individual leadership. The Teacher Leader Model Standards seek to generate collective leadership by fostering professional discussion about best practices and advancing new roles for teachers to serve.

Instructional Leadership with Reading Concentration

Candidates of the Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership have the option to focus their graduate studies on reading as well as instructional leadership.  The Instructional Leadership with Reading concentration prepares learners to understand the reading process and to demonstrate mastery in increasing students’ reading performance through the prescription and utilization of appropriate strategies and materials based upon scientifically based reading research. Educators will learn to address the prevention, identification, and remediation of reading difficulties. To learn more about this enhanced track, Contact your Gradate Admissions Counselor.

Why choose Instructional Leadership at Saint Leo?

Saint Leo University is a nationally recognized leader in education, founded in 1889 and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Saint Leo has built a solid reputation in the educational community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow's master teachers and educational leaders.

A commitment to a set of core values is the cornerstone of Saint Leo University. Our mission is to offer a practical, effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world. It is a model designed with working adults in mind offering highly personalized attention, flexible learning opportunities, and a solid foundation for personal fulfillment and career advancement.

Our instructors are current practitioners in the field of school administration, and regular presenters at national and international conferences.

Flexibility for the working professional.

Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there. Turn any computer into a vibrant interactive classroom – day or night. Saint Leo provides students with the opportunity to advance their education without having to travel to a traditional campus – no conventional classroom attendance is required. Set your own weekly study schedule anywhere, anytime. All of our online students receive the same educational degrees as campus-based students, benefiting from faculty who are experienced professionals.

Contact your Gradate Admissions Counselor for more information on fitting a master's degree into your life.

Additional education, licensure or certifications, and work experience may be required.

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What can you do with a degree in Instructional Leadership?

Our Instructional Leadership degree program prepares you to serve in leadership roles in primary and secondary schools within public and private settings, as well as at the district and organizational level.

  • Instructional specialist
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Coach
  • Teacher mentor
  • School program leader
  • Director or supervisor
  • Dean of students or faculty
  • District-level administrator
  • Non-profit and advocacy organization leadership positions
  • Higher education positions
  • Corporate Trainer

Degree Requirements

INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP COURSES (36 CREDITS)
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