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Online Masters in Education - Instructional Leadership with Exceptional Student Education

Why choose our Instructional Leadership with Exceptional Student Education concentration

Saint Leo’s fully online Master of Education (M.Ed.) – Instructional Leadership concentration offers an innovative approach to teacher leadership based on the Teacher Leader Model Standards (TLMSs). These 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.

The TLMSs comprise seven domains that describe the dimensions of teacher leadership. Each domain is further developed with 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

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

In the M.Ed. – Instructional Leadership with ESE concentration, students are already teachers who are seeking to increase their knowledge in the area of special education while gaining skills in the instructional leadership arena.


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Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Program Features & Differentiators

Saint Leo University is a nationally recognized leader in education. We have built a solid reputation in the educational community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow’s master teachers and educational leaders. Our instructors are current practitioners in the field of school administration and regular presenters at national and international conferences.

Course Highlights

Some course highlights include:

  • Values and Ethics in Educational Leadership
  • Leadership for School Change
  • Building School/Community Relations
  • Collaborating in Inclusive Settings
  • Educational Governance
  • Teacher Inquiry for School and Student Growth

What can you do with a degree in Instructional Leadership?

The M.Ed. – Instructional Leadership program prepares educators to serve in leadership roles in primary and secondary schools, as well as at the district and organizational level:

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

Saint Leo Graduates

Graduates of our M.Ed. programs consistently receive recognition and awards, including the coveted Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year awards in their districts. Actual examples of jobs held by recent M.Ed. graduates include:

  • Second-grade teacher, Vista Lakes Elementary (class of 2013)
  • Reading and drama teacher, Sunlake High School (class of 2011)
  • Kindergarten teacher, South Hamilton Elementary (class of 2011)
  • Fifth-grade teacher, School District of Hillsborough County (class of 2012)
  • Media specialist, Polk County School Board (class of 2014)
  • Reading facilitator, Polk City Elementary (class of 2011)
  • Director of curriculum & instructional services, Pasco County District School Board (class of 2003)
  • Technology teacher and department chair, Gulf Coast Academy (class of 2014)
  • Science teacher, Broward County Public Schools (class of 2009)
  • Behavior specialist, Bayonet Point Middle School (class of 2003)
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