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Northwest Missouri State University

Teacher Leader Major

Teacher Leader
A Master of Science in Education Program

Why study in the Master of Science in Education: Teacher Leader program at Northwest?

The Master of Science in Education: Teacher Leader degree is a two-year program designed for experienced teachers who hold a current teaching certificate and want to earn a master’s degree while simultaneously working on the components for national board certification.

This degree is intended for teachers wanting to become more involved in instructional and curricular leadership within their schools and districts but do not want to become building or district administrators. The program also prepares teachers to successfully apply for national board certification and meet Missouri criteria for the high-quality career certificate.

Graduates of the program typically remain in the classroom or become academic coaches and influence others to enhance teaching and learning to drive student success as well as school and district improvement.

All instructors in the teacher leader program must have earned National Board Certification and completed the renewal certification process.

View Curriculum

The program is delivered during evenings through a cohort structure at Northwest-Kansas City in Gladstone, Missouri. The coursework is divided into three phases:

  • Architecture of accomplished teaching
  • Theory and practice of accomplished teaching
  • Analysis of and reflection on accomplished teaching

The program’s portfolio component mirrors National Board Certification criteria and requirements.

Program requirements and pre-requisites

  • All students must have three years of teaching experience before entering the program and applying for the National Board Certification process.
  • All students must submit a writing sample answering a prompt prior to beginning coursework. The candidate should score a 3.5 or higher on the writing sample.
  • A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 on the undergraduate transcript. 
  • A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 on any graduate work completed prior to entry into the program.
  • Current and valid teaching certificate on file.
  • Official copies of all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate coursework at previously attended institutions. Undergraduates of Northwest Missouri State University do not need to submit Northwest transcripts.
  • Letter of reference from a school administrator about the candidate’s potential to become a teacher leader.


The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and
2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.