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Northwest Missouri State University

Master of Science in Education

Teacher Leader

The Master of Science in Education: Teacher Leader is designed for experienced teachers with a current teaching certificate who want to earn a master’s degree while working on the components for National Board Certification in a specific certification area. Teachers who already hold a master’s degree in an education area and want to work on National Board Certification may take a sequence of four courses to prepare for that process.

The program is delivered through a cohort structure, and prepares students to be more involved in instructional and curricular leadership within their school and district. Upon graduation, teachers meet Missouri criteria for the High-Quality Career Certificate to be exempt from Required Professional Development for Educators, and are prepared to apply for National Board Certification.

Teacher Leader Program Flyer View PDF

Program requires the completion of 32-33 credit hours divided into three phases

  1. Architecture of accomplished teaching
  2. Theory and practice of accomplished teaching
  3. Analysis of and reflection about accomplished teaching

Teacher leaders remain in the classroom or become academic coaches and influence others to enhance teaching and learning. 

Admission Requirements

  • Three years of teaching experience prior to applying for the National Board Certification process.
  • Submit a writing sample prior to beginning coursework with a minimum score of 3.5.
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 on the undergraduate transcript. 
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75 on any graduate work completed prior to entry into the teacher leader program.
  • Current and valid teaching certificate on file.
  • Official copies of all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate coursework. (Undergraduates of Northwest Missouri State University do not need to submit Northwest transcripts.)

One letter of reference from a school administrator who can write about the candidate’s potential to become a teacher leader.

Check CatPAWS frequently for updated course offerings dates and times. Initial enrollment will be completed through your advisor. Students are then provided pin to complete all requirements for class enrollment.

Register at least three weeks before classes begin. Books can be ordered at the Bearcat Bookstore.