Master of Science in Education in Teacher Leadership

Master of Science in Education in Teacher Leadership

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The Master of Science in Education in Teacher Leadership degree draws on leading-edge research within the School of Education and Social Policy in learning sciences, human development, and social policy. In addition to core courses, degree candidates complete a practicum and take one elective. The two-quarter practicum takes place in the school where you're working and is supported by an MSED instructor and volunteer mentor from the school.

Courses are offered remotely through an engaging learning environment, which allows for seamless communication between teachers and instructors. Optional in-person events, workshops, and orientation on Northwestern’s Evanston campus creates opportunities for teachers to meet each other, collaborate, learn, and socialize. Teacher Leader candidates can also take one or two week in-person classes in the summer through the Summer Institute for Teachers program.

The degree courses in Teacher Leadership address the Teacher Leader Model Standards adopted by most major educational organizations, including the National Education Association, Educational Testing Service, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. In Illinois, the program meets the requirements for an endorsement in Teacher Leadership.


Course Catalog

MS_ED 416 & 417 Research and Analysis in Teacher Leadership I & II

This two-course sequence teaches students how to conduct education research by using data and leadership skills and includes a capstone research project for the Teacher Leadership program. The research process helps students learn to implement, reflect upon, and redesign a leadership routine to reach the goals at teachers’ schools. This capstone experience includes learning how to conduct research, developing the research project, creating a review of literature, implementing a professional development leadership activity within their school, evaluate the research and practicum, and culminate with a presentation. 

MS_ED 431 Instructional Coaching

Students explore a variety of approaches used to coach teachers and other educational personnel. Topics include new teacher induction, using data to improve instruction, self and peer evaluations, and accountability. Students actively observe instruction and learn how to provide effective feedback and coaching to teachers.

MS_ED 437 Curriculum Leadership

The course provides an overview of curriculum design and instructional models, as well as the impact of both on student learning, classroom climate, and school culture. We’ll touch on the history and theory of curriculum and instruction before taking a deep dive into specific current models of curriculum.

MS_ED 447 Building a Culture of Learning

This course addresses three core areas of school culture: understanding the connection between data and instruction for academic achievement; improving teaching and learning; and the learning objectives that emphasize a feeling tone or emotion, or the affective domain of the curriculum. We explore several components needed to create, implement, and maintain an effective school while examining teaching and learning, diversity in student populations, the role of the community in supporting schools, and new research in education. As a final project, you’ll write a proposal to start a new school. 

MS_ED 449 Teacher Thinking and Learning

Students have the chance to review current research on teacher thinking and learning. In particular, you'll examine what sort of knowledge teachers need and the benefits of establishing a community of learners. Participants design supports for teacher learning at their schools by examining existing teaching routines and diagnosing specific challenges a school may face.

MS_ED 450 Mentoring and Evaluating Teachers

This course provides theoretical foundations and practical experiences for teacher mentoring and teacher evaluation. You’ll learn the purpose and components of effective mentoring programs and gain a better understanding of the teacher evaluation process, including standards, systems and tools.

MS_ED 452 School Leadership

Develop a broad foundation in leadership theories and frameworks that are applied through school improvement efforts at the instructional, building and district levels. We pay special attention to leading change in schools and school systems. 

MS_ED 461 Formative and Summative Assessment

This course covers helps K-12 teachers use formative and summative assessments to diagnose and redesign learning opportunities for students. It also focuses on measurement topics related to understanding validity and reliability as well using data to inform instruction. In addition, teachers learn techniques for using ongoing classroom assessments to help their teaching.   

MS_ED 462 Leading Professional Learning

You’ll review the current research on professional development with adult learners. In particular, you’ll examines what teachers need to know to support teacher learning by creating a community of learners. Participants design teacher learning supports at their schools by examining existing teaching routines and a diagnosing a school’s particular challenges.

MS_ED 463 Leading for Equity

In this course, you’ll be challenged to think deeply about your own identity and those of their students, colleagues, families, and communities. Leading for Equity explore how school leaders can take up issues of equity, social justice, and power to improve schools for everyone. Participants delve into tools such as data, research, culturally responsive teaching, and professional learning to create a strategy to bring equity into the forefront of their leadership. 

Contact Us

Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458

Email: tdohrer@northwestern.edu