Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership program is a graduate program of Rowan University’s nationally accredited College of Education. It is designed for teachers who want to develop and hone their leadership skills but wish to remain in the classroom. Candidates become successful mentor/master teachers by utilizing data in instructional and pedagogical decision-making, supporting and delivering job-embedded professional learning, and evaluating programs aimed at improving schooling for all P-12 learners, their families, and the community.

The Master of Education degree program has five goals aligned to the Teacher Leader Model Standards (2012). Through this program, candidates will:

  • Foster a collaborative culture to support educator development and student learning.
  • Access and use research to improve teacher practice and student achievement and outcomes.
  • Promote professional learning and facilitate improvements in instruction for continuous improvement within their schools.
  • Promote the use of assessments and data for school and district improvement.
  • Improve outreach and collaboration with families through advocating for student learning and the profession.


The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. This degree requires the completion of a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours in 6 consecutive semesters. The following three components make up the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership program:

I. Core Courses: 19 Semester Hours 
19 semester hours in Teaching & Learning  

II. Content Area Courses: 11–21 Semester Hours
Choose from one of the following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: 15 Semester Hours
  • Educational Technology: 15 Semester Hours
  • English as a Second Language: 16–21 Semester Hours
  • Global History: 15 Semester Hours
  • History: 15 Semester Hours
  • Reading: 15 Semester Hours
  • Reading/Writing: 15 Semester Hours
  • School Public Relations: 9 Semester Hours
  • Special Education: 18 Semester Hours

III. Program Exit
A professional synthesis portfolio and a teacher leadership presentation (ELEM 02602)


The following courses make up the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership program. Each course is scheduled in 8 week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

  • 10-14 Courses / 30 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
ELEM 02511 Learning Community Classrooms 3
ELEM 02550 Analysis of Classroom Teacher Behavior 3
READ 30566 Researching Classroom Practice 3
EDUC 01624 Educational Change 3
CURR 29580 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development 3
LDTC 18510 Applied Learning Theories 3
ELEM 02602 Self-Study in Research in Teacher Leadership 1
Total Program Semester Hours: 30

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives (which must include applicant's definition of a "Teacher Leader")

  • Two letters of recommendation

    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is preferred.
  • NJ Standard or CEAS Teaching Certification (required only for Special Ed. Content COGS)

  • Signed statement of regular, on-going access to a classroom

  • Statement confirming you are currently teaching and have been an active teacher for at least one academic year.

  • The applicant must provide proof of appropriate certification as well as a letter of employment confirming the specific dates (not just years) during which the applicant has taught or served the educational community under the appropriate certificate.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020 – Module 5 05/05/2020 04/01/2020
Summer 2020 – Module 6 06/30/2020 06/01/2020
Fall 2020 – Module 1 08/25/2020 07/01/2020

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$767 No fees $767