Specialist in Education: Teacher Leadership

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For more information about this program contact Crystal Marshall at 229-259-5095. Fax:229-333-5963. Email: cmarshall@valdosta.edu

The Teacher Leadership Ed.S. Degree is an advanced degree that prepares educators to meet the GaPSC Teacher Leadership standards providing a foundation for effective collaboration with students, parents, and colleagues. These standards are related to curriculum and instruction, assessment, a school culture that fosters excellence in teaching and learning, modeling best practices in instruction, working with others to design assessments, and using data to work with colleagues in collaborative efforts to improve instruction for all students. By completing this online degree and passing the appropriate Georgia content assessment, candidates will be eligible for the new Teacher Leadership (level 6) certification (see GaPSC Certification below). One of several paths of electives in this program allows completion of the Educational Leadership pre-service requirements or acquisition  of  an endorsement in Reading, Gifted Education, or Online Teaching. Other electives are available.

This 27- hour program can be completed in three to four consecutive semesters - about 12 to 16 months - with full-time enrollment. Courses are offered on a continuous basis, allowing for part-time enrollment. No campus visits are required to complete the program.

Special Requirements: Students must be employed teachers or employees of an educational agency -- (access to teachers and students are required to complete the program)

  • Delivery: The program is fully online, with no on-campus attendance requirements. Students conduct all work online, including team projects, exams, discussion posts, and case studies. Students have access to online academic resources, such as the library. Courses are asynchronous; there are no scheduled online meetings except those one might make with peers for group work.
  • Technology: Students must purchase the LIveText portfolio assessment application and should have high speed internet access. Additional software may be required.
  • Transfer credit: No more than 9 semester hours of post-master’s academic work may be transferred from another institution into the program.  Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission by the department upon entry.  To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old prior to completion of the degree.
  • Cost: Please see the Fees / Aid link for details.
  • Financial Aid: Student loans are available through the VSU Office of Financial Aid - 229-333-5935.
  • GaPSC Certification: By completing this online degree and passing the Georgia content assessment in Teacher Leadership, candidates will be eligible for the new Teacher Leadership (level 6) certification, as long as they meet the additional certification requirements of three years of successful classroom teaching experience and a recommendation from their employing Local Unit of Administration (LUA) (505-2-.149 TEACHER LEADERSHIP).

    Adding Teacher Leadership certification through this program provides a level 6 certificate upgrade for any Georgia educator currently certified at level 5 in any teaching, service, or leadership area, even if the educator is not assigned to a leadership position. Students who began taking courses in the program before January 15, 2013, and who complete the program by September 15, 2015, will still earn the Curriculum and Instruction degree in Exemplary Teaching and be eligible for a certificate upgrade. Further details are available on the relevant GaPSC guidance document.

 

Admission Requirements 

The Teacher Leadership program is a Georgia On My Line program (GOML). Please visit the VSU GOML Calendar for semester deadlines. Submitting an application prior to the deadline does not guarantee processing for your desired semester. Your application cannot be processed until all required documents are received by the Valdosta State University Graduate School. Admission into the Teacher Leadership program is for a specific semester. Teachers will be admitted to this program with the same criteria as used for on-campus Ed.S . degree programs.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester – July 15th
  • Spring Semester – November 15th
  • Summer Semester- April 15th

 Requirements:

  • Submit the application and fee to the VSU graduate school. A $45 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid online using a debit or credit card.
  • Submit one official transcript from each college/university attended, even for transfer credit or undergraduate work or even if the courses from one school appears on the transcript of another institution. Official transcripts bear an official seal and signature and are sent to the VS U Graduate School in the original sealed envelopes. VS U transcripts will be obtained by the VS U Graduate School. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • Submit official test scores on the GRE (minimum combined score of 850 with a verbal score of no less than 400 OR, if taken July 2011 or later, a combined minimum score of 286 with a verbal score of no less than 143) or MAT (minimum score of 390 if taken October 2004 or later, or 36 if taken before October 2004).Official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT):
  • Must hold a clear renewable teaching or service certificate at the masters-level or higher. Individuals with certification from states other than Georgia must provide documentation of the appropriate certificate. Eligibility will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Submit a Letter of Assurance form from a current school superintendent (form required). The form should provide verification that your school superintendent:
    • Supports your decision to pursue the degree
    • Recommends you for participation in this program
    • Agrees to provide the necessary resources for successful completion of the degree requirements, including time and access to teachers and stakeholder groups so that candidate can  observe, mentor, conduct research, and provide professional learning, among other things.
  • Be employed teachers able to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in a classroom.
  • Submit the Distance Learning Exemption of the VSU Medical Form.

 

For additional admission information, please contact the VSU Graduate School at (229) 333-5694 or by email gradschool@valdosta.edu. All required documents must be submitted prior to close of business on the application deadline.  For semester deadlines visit the VSU GOML Calendar.

Submit all admissions documentation to: 
Graduate School
Valdosta State University
1500 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698-0005
Fax: 229 -245 -3853
Email: gradschool@valdosta.edu

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Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership Program of Study with Course Descriptions

 

Offered only in:

Course Number

Course Description

Hours

Fall, Spring & Summer

EDET 5999

Professional Orientation - Required non-credit course that must be successfully completed at entry to advanced programs. Candidates are required to establish an electronic portfolio and provide evidence that all advanced entry requirements have been satisfactorily met.

 

0

 

College of Education Core Courses (15 Semester Hours)

Fall, Spring & Summer

EDET 8001

Teacher Leadership Residency I - Graded "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory". Clinical practice related to Teacher Leadership Standards. Candidates complete residency requirements in the areas of school culture, mentoring and coaching, and interpersonal skills/problem solving in at least two school settings and with at least two stakeholder groups.

 

1

Fall, Spring & Summer

EDET 8002

prerequisite:  EDET 8001

Teacher Leadership Residency II - Graded "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory". Clinical practice related to Teacher Leadership Standards. Candidates complete residency requirements in observation and the use of assessment data, and in research for the improvement of practice.

 

1

Fall, Spring & Summer

EDET 8003 prerequisites:  EDET 8001 & 8002

Teacher Leadership Residency III - Graded "Satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory". Clinical practice related to Teacher Leadership Standards. Candidates complete residency requirements in design and implementation of professional learning, and of collaborative teams and advocacy.

 

1

Fall, Spring & Summer

EDET 8020

Using Assessment and Research Data - Techniques for establishing reliable and valid data sources for student, classroom, and school-improvement decisions.

Candidates learn how to utilize technology tools for educational management.

 

3

Fall, Spring & Summer

EDET 8030

 Developing and Leading a Community of Diverse Learners - Examination of the impact of cultural, multicultural, diversity, and exceptionality issues on adults' and children's relationships, communication, and educational practices in American schools. Appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication techniques are addressed.

 

3

Fall, Spring & Summer

EDET 8040 prerequisite:  EDET 8020

Strategic Planning for School Reform - Study of major theories and evidence-based practices in the design and development of research to evaluate the effectiveness of school-based programs, including curricular, co-curricular, and staff development initiatives for the improvement of student learning.

 

3

Fall & Spring

EDET 8050 prerequisites:  EDET 8020 & 8040

Action Research - Practical action research utilized for the purpose of school reform and student achievement. Students will examine the reflective roles of the classroom teacher and how reflection may lead to school improvement.

 

3

 

Capstone Experience (3 Semester Hours)

Fall, Spring & Summer

EDET 8880 prerequisites:  EDET 8020, 8030, & 8040

Capstone Seminar - Practical action research utilized for the purpose of school reform and student achievement. Students will examine the reflective roles of the classroom teacher and how reflection may lead to school improvement.

 

3

varies

Electives

Electives/Specialization – Must be 5000-level courses or above.

9

 

Total Required for the Degree

 

27

Tier I Educational Leadership Certification Add-on
 in Conjunction with the Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership

Our department and the Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading & Deaf Education, which offers the Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership, have provided a pathway to receiving a Tier I Educational Leadership Certificate added to the T-6 certificate.  Several courses offered in the Teacher Leadership program can be applied to the Tier I certification-only program. 

The following courses from the Ed.S. program can be applied to the respective leadership coursework:

  1. EDET 8020: Using Assessment & Research Data for CIED 7060: Curriculum, Instruction & Technology Integration
  2. EDET 8030: Developing & Leading a Community of Diverse Learners for LEAD 7310: Leadership for Community & Organizational Dynamics
  3. EDET 8040: Strategic Planning for School Reform for LEAD 8030: School Culture, Change, and Organizational Dynamics
  4. EDET 8050: Action Research for RSCH 8000: Advanced Research Methodology

Three of the following four courses are to be taken to fulfill the elective portion of the Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership program of study.  The remaining course will become part of the Tier I certification add-on program:

  1. LEAD 7120: Instructional Leadership & Supervisory Practices
  2. LEAD 7130: Technology Leadership for School Improvement
  3. LEAD 7420: Ethical & Legal Issues for Leadership
  4. LEAD 8240: Managing Resources for School Improvement

Three additional courses beyond the Ed.S. program of study requirements are to be completed upon admission to the Tier I Certification Add-on program:

  1. The remaining course noted above (as part of the elective requirement)
  2. LEAD 7920: Leadership Field-Based Experiences I
  3. LEAD 7930: Leadership Field-Based Experiences II

NOTE:  LEAD 7920 & LEAD 7930 cannot be used to fulfill the elective component of the Ed.S. program of study in Teacher Leadership.  These two courses fulfill the residency element of the Tier I Educational Leadership program.  Completion of the two courses may extend over three to four semesters.

In approaching the final semester of the Ed.S. program for Teacher Leadership, candidates must apply for admission to the Tier I Educational Leadership Certification Add-on program.  This is required in order to undertake the two residency courses (LEAD 7920 & LEAD 7930).  Once completed, you are eligible for the Tier I Leadership certificate.

Retention, Graduation, Dismissal & Readmission Policies

  1. No more than 9 semester hours of post-master’s academic work may be transferred from another institution into the program.  Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission by the department upon entry.  To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old prior to completion of the degree.
    1. The maximum time allowed for completion of the education specialist degree is seven calendar years.  No work completed more than seven years prior to degree completion will be accepted toward the degree, except with special permission from the student’s major professor and the Dean of the Dewar College of Education and approval from the Dean of the Graduate School.
    2. To graduate from this program, a student must have a cumulative institutional graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences:
  2. Students admitted Fall 2011and thereafter will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points.
Candidates admitted BEFORE Fall 2011 and receiving two grades below “C” (“D”, “F”, “WF”,“U”) will be dismissed from the program. One grade below a "C" results in a warning.