Teacher Leadership (M.Ed.) - Accelerated Online Program

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The Teacher Leadership, M.Ed. degree program is designed to prepare teachers as instructional leaders, coaches, and mentors based upon national professional standards. This program is designed to respond directly to a growth-sector need identified through an analysis conducted collaboratively with regional community partners. This program will help graduates diversify and extend their professional brand while allowing them to market themselves as highly effective teachers who have demonstrated their ability to facilitate positive instructional effectiveness on their campus and cultivate a positive school climate.

The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership degree is designed to provide career opportunities with specific programmed raises upon completion that keep will help to retain teachers in the South Texas region. Overall, the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership provides remunerated pathways for developing teachers’ careers and thereby ameliorates teacher retention that is so critical in the Rio Grande Valley region.

This program is only offered in an accelerated format and is 100% online.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours. If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA criterion of 3.0, the applicant will be evaluated holistically using a Likert scale reflecting professional goals, GPA, professional success from resume, and success on related prior course work.
  3. Professional statement detailing professional goals, campus leadership experience and reasons for pursuing a Masters in Education in Teacher Leadership.
  4. Resume including educational background and work experience.
  5. Teaching certificate with a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. 

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply.

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 30 Hours

EDCI 6370Curriculum Leadership for Teacher Leaders


EDCI 6371Technology for School Leaders


EDCI 6372Assessment and Measurement for Teacher Leaders


EDCI 6373Evidence-Based Instructional Practices


EDCI 6374Cultural and Linguistic Sustainability in Transnational Contexts


EDUL 6375Teacher Leaders as Collaborative Coaches


EDUL 6376Teachers as Leaders


EDUL 6377Inquiry for Leadership


EDUL 6378Learning Communities


EDUL 6379Change Processes for Teacher Leaders




Total Credit Hours: 30