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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership

In the ever-changing, dynamic world of education, opportunities abound for confident leaders to innovate, break the mold, and inspire others — including the students who reap the benefits of those positive changes. You’re here because that leader within you is brimming with ideas and ready for a challenge. We’re here to empower you to take the reins, with our MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership.

This one-year program is designed for candidates who are interested in transformative leadership roles in education outside of administration. With this leadership degree, you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to identify and implement innovative solutions for effecting transformational change in your school and community as a highly effective leader.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework — paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom — makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits — from higher pay to promotions — are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

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NEXT START DATE
February 17th
MODALITIES
Online
Program Length 1 Year
Credits 30 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $3,000
100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your MEd in one year, one class at a time, with built-in breaks
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
NWCCU
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Respected
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
87% of our online MEd grads report positive career benefits as a result of their degree
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall academic program experience

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:
Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon’s Common Core State Standards and specific district standards

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students

Classroom Diversity Skills

Classroom Diversity Skills

An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity

Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership

A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction

Differentiation

Differentiation

The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership is a 30 credit-hour program

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. 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.

SELECT ONE CAPSTONE COURSE:

Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

ON-CAMPUS/HYBRID OPTIONS

In addition to fully online, Concordia offers several Master of Education programs in an on-campus or hybrid format. See the options here.

Child Learning
The main reason I would recommend Concordia to others is because of the support provided through each step. Enrolling? There's an advisor for that. Ordering books? There's a help desk for that. Need to reach your professor? There are emails, phone numbers, and video chats for that. Looking for peer-­reviewed articles? There's a LIVE librarian for that.
REBECCA DENNISON, MEd in Curriculum &amp Instruction:
Leadership '16

MORE ON THE TOPIC OF LEADERSHIP

What makes this program so relevant today

“Today’s teacher leaders assume responsibilities once considered the sole domain of principals: They serve as peer coaches and mentors, they lead curriculum teams, they model exemplary instructional practices, and much, much more.” — Sean Slade, Education Week

“Teacher leadership involves experiences, both formal and informal, in which classroom teachers are positively influencing their colleagues.” — Matt Townsley, Education Week

“Teachers have a perspective that we can’t get from anyone else. By helping good teachers become great leaders, we plant seeds that will enhance our profession and enable students to reap the reward they deserve — a high-quality education.” — Turning Good Teachers into Great Leaders by Terry Knecht Dozier in Educational Leadership

The Teacher Leadership Initiative, made up of the National Education Association, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the Center for Teaching Quality, created a model that recognizes three areas of teacher-leader competency.

Instructional Leadership: Instructional leaders take charge of developing amazing learning content and teaching methods. They step out of their classrooms and collaborate with others to share best practices, build capacity, and develop quality instruction.

Policy Leadership: It’s very often the case that policy makers aren’t connected to the classroom. Teacher-leaders can serve their district or region in leadership roles to have a voice in policy and make change in their learning communities.

Association Leadership: Bringing people together around shared ideas and the practice of advocacy effects change. Whether fighting for students, negotiating for staff, or working with policymakers, the power of the collective and its teacher-leaders is mighty.

Sources: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Education Association, Center for Teaching Quality

Sean Junkins, a middle school instructional coach, defined the top characteristics of great school leaders:

  1. Vision: Great school leaders are visionaries with a clear sense of moral purpose. They have the ability to formulate and shape the future, rather than be shaped by events.
  2. Courage: Great school leaders have the determination, willpower, and patience to see things through. They are willing to take risks and remain steadfast in the force of challenge.
  3. Passion: Great school leaders are passionate about teaching and learning, show great commitment to children, and take an active interest in the work of students and staff.
  4. Intelligence: Great school leaders are team-builders. They understand the importance of relationships. They empower their staff and students and show empathy for all.
  5. Judgement: Great school leaders make wise decisions. They don’t act alone, they involve the whole school community to move students forward.
  6. Resilience: Great school leaders are optimistic. They stay energetic and positive. They remain calm in the face of crisis and have strategies to steady themselves in stormy waters.
  7. Persuasion: Great school leaders are communicators and storytellers. They are persuaders and listeners. They are motivators who get people to do things and go that extra mile.
  8. Curiosity: Great school leaders are always on the lookout for good ideas. They are excellent networkers and opportunists who always stay in touch with the latest trends.
  • Resource Provider
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Coach
  • Mentor
  • School Leader
  • Data Coach & Coordinator
  • Professional Development Coordinator
  • Union Representative
  • Program Manager
  • Facilitator
  • Content Expert
  • Lead Teacher
  • Team Leader
  • Event Planner
  • Training Coordinator
  • Community Builder
  • Learner

In our Leadership concentration, you’ll explore how to transform the educational experience for your students, as well as support and develop your learning community. You’ll learn:

  • The principles of planning and administering a program for building a mutually supportive relationship between the school and its environment
  • Instructional mentoring techniques in collaboration, modeling, questioning strategies, key instructional strategies, formative assessment and observational strategies
  • The legal and ethical issues relative to practical matters that educators confront in their daily practice
  • Theoretical and sociological foundations of organizational change
  • How to identify and implement innovative solutions for effecting transformational change in your school and community as a highly effective leader

CAREER OUTCOMES

See where an MEd focused on leadership could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

Potential careers include:

  • Division or department chair (K–12)
  • Higher education instructor in leadership
  • Director, curriculum & instruction
  • Director, professional development
  • Assistant chief academic officer (public or private K–12)
  • Education consultant (public or private)
  • Department chair—community college (various divisions)
  • School improvement coordinator
  • Education advisor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) district or state school improvement team (K–12)
  • Education advisor, district superintendent's cabinet (K–12)

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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