Teacher Leadership

Online Master of Education Degree with a Teacher Leadership Concentration Video

Learn about Concordia University-Portland’s Online Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction – Teacher Leadership concentration in this video.

An educational leader positively impacts the educational community as a professional facilitator of school culture, including professional development and system-wide innovation. Concordia University’s M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in Teacher Leadership is the degree for teachers who want to step up their career plans and make a difference in planning and policy. A Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Teacher Leadership provides the skills and experience for educational leaders to positively impact the educational community as a professional facilitator of school culture, including professional development and system-wide innovation.

Program Objectives for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Teacher Leadership

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.

Teacher Leadership Courses

In addition to the four core courses required for a degree in Curriculum and Instruction, students enrolled in the Teacher Leadership program must also take the following foundation courses:

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Teacher Leadership
15 credits
EDGR 620 (3)
School & Community Partnerships
This course examines principles of planning and administering a program for building a mutually supportive relationship between the school and its environment. Focus is on the development of skills and strategies for linking the school with constituents in the community such as parents, citizens, and special interest groups.
EDGR 622 (3)
School Law
Law and the legal system have profoundly influenced the shaping of education in America. Many of today's issues of educational policy (e.g., desegregation, the treatment of students with disabilities, English as a second language, religion in the schools, school finance) are also issues of law. As a consequence, we see decisions regarding our schools increasingly being made by the courts. Accordingly, it is critical for the leaders of today to have a basic knowledge of the judicial branch of our government and its impact on education. Specifically, this course encourages students to become familiar with the manner in which courts operate, how they make their decisions, and the impact of their decisions on education and educational policy.
EDGR 520 (3)
Curriculum Design and Assessment
This course will provide students with an intensive study of pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching in schools, curricular recommendations of professional associations, recommendations that have emerged from recent educational research, and recommendations of recent reform movements. Specific emphasis will be given to the study of alternative approaches to curriculum theory, design, practice, and evaluation. Educators will have the opportunity to apply theory to either their own classroom and school settings at the early childhood, elementary, middle school, or high school levels as well as other work environments.
EDCI 587 (3)
The Ethical Educator
This course is grounded in the belief that it is the responsibility of educators to employ ethical practice in the daily activities of their personal and professional lives. Educators must also ensure that the institutional policies and practices of their school or organization adhere to the application of ethical practice throughout the workplace. This study of the use of ethical principles in an educational context will include an examination of the underlying assumptions and implicit or explicit policies that can support or erode ethical practice. As a result of the activities and discussions completed in this course, students will have the opportunity to transform their personal and professional ethical lives and priorities.
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan and conduct their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with two courses: either EDGR 698-Action Research (3), or EDGR 699-Thesis (3). Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

The Master of Education culminates with one of two courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action Research is the capstone project for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will complete final edits of the Literature Review, obtain appropriate permissions, implement Action Research, collect and analyze data from the Action Research implementation, and complete the Action Research Documentation Form.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.
EDGR 699 (3)
Thesis (CAPSTONE)
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her educational research instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a Thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.

Getting Your Master’s Degree Online

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Teacher Leadership program is fully online. This online format uses cutting edge curriculum delivered on easy to use online learning technology to provide students with a challenging educational experience. Each online course is 5 weeks in length.

To speak with an enrollment specialist call: 1 (877) 251-4405 or start your application here.

What do Concordia’s graduates think?

Hear what proud graduates of this program have to say about our online M.Ed. instruction.

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

I [have already] used information from the very first course, "Character and Ethics of Leadership", in the opening parts of my classes this semester.

- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

Our job is more than simply teaching the curriculum--it is to promote the fact that [students] have the chance to do big things that can impact their generation. We must ensure that every student has the chance to succeed.

- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

How did the specific program help you achieve your goals?

In my opinion, a degree in Teacher Leadership provides opportunities for educators to grow professionally, all while assisting our generation of teachers with the information necessary to lead an ever-changing group of young men and women.

- James Hughes, M.Ed., December 2013 
Teacher Leadership

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