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Teacher Leadership MEd

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College : EducationDegree : MED
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and LeadershipOption : Nonthesis
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The Master of Education (MEd) program in Teacher Leadership is designed for certified and experienced educators who want to extend their influence beyond the walls of the classroom, to improve their knowledge and skills in the area of leadership, and who want to develop expertise in leading other educators in curriculum and instructional improvement across subject areas and grade levels. The Teacher Leadership program addresses teacher empowerment and leadership in the expanded roles and responsibilities of teachers in schools.

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The Teacher Leadership MEd program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 18 credit hours of core courses, and 15 credit hours in a chosen specialization.

Total Credit Hours Required:
33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The MEd program requires a course-based action research study (i.e., application and analysis of the effectiveness of research-based best practices in the classroom). The research study and the comprehensive exams will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in the core areas of teacher leadership, curriculum, instruction, and social and cultural competency in order to help students acquire knowledge, skills, and dispositions pertaining to research-based practices in these areas. Students also select a specialization in Curriculum Leadership, Gifted Education, or Urban Education. 

Required Courses—33 Credit Hours

Core—18 Credit Hours

All students must take the Teacher Leadership core, regardless of their chosen specialization.

  • EDG 6935 Seminar in Teacher Leadership  (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6223 Curriculum Theory and Organization (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6259 Learning Theories Applied to Classroom Instruction and Management (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6233 Analysis of Classroom Teaching (3 credit hours)*
  • EDF 6635 Teacher Leadership for Educational Equity and Social Justice (3 credit hours)*

*Capstone Project and Teacher Work Sample (TWS) are completed during these courses at the end of the program.

Note: Students who took EDF 6635 Teacher Leadership for Educational Equity and Social Justice in the Urban Education Graduate Certificate program will need to take an additional elective approved by adviser and program coordinator.

Specialization—15 Credit Hours

Curriculum Leadership

Students take the following courses:

  • ESE 6217 Curriculum Design (3 credit hours)
  • ESE 6416 Curriculum Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6224 Curriculum Policy Analysis (3 credit hours)

Choose two elective courses with adviser approval:

  • EDF 6517 Perspectives on Education (3 credit hours)
  • EME 5050 Fundamentals of Technology for Educators or EME 6602 Integration of Technology into the Curriculum (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6886 Multicultural Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDS 6123 Educational Supervisory Practices I or EDS 6130 Educational Supervisory Practices II or EDA 6502 Administration of Instructional Programs (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6516 Leadership Development for Math and Science Teachers (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)
  • Other electives as approved by adviser and program coordinator (up to 6 credit hours)
Gifted Education
  • EGI 6051 Understanding the Gifted/Talented Student (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6245 Program Planning and Methodology for Gifted/Talented Students (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6246 Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students (3 credit hours)
  • SDS 6426 Guidance and Counseling of Gifted/Talented Individuals (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6305 Theory and Development of Creativity (3 credit hours)
Urban Education

Students take the following courses:

  • EDF 6725 Critical Issues in Urban Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6936 Seminar in Improving Teaching and Learning in Urban Settings (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6636 Social Contexts of the Urban Classroom (3 credit hours)

Choose two elective courses with adviser approval:

  • EEX 6342 Seminar, Critical Issues in Special Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6688 Public Policy and Urban Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6884 Education as a Cultural Process (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6426 Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students (3 credit hours)
  • SYD 5795 Class, Race, and Gender in American Society (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6886 Multicultural Education (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Goal statement.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Application Deadlines

Teacher Leadership MEd Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Student Finances, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.