Master of Education

M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership

Offered face-to-face in the Kansas City area.

The Master of Education degree in Teacher Leadership, which contains four strands, began in October 1995, becoming the first graduate program in the School for Education. The degree is designed to meet the practical needs of the classroom teacher, and uses a praxis model that ties theory and practice together, in each course. The program strives to develop reflective educators who can be change agents in the lives of their students, in their school and communities, and culminates with two capstone courses: Critical Reflections Seminar and Action Practicum, or by completion of the Thesis Option.

This program is also available in an off-campus cohort format. Classes meet in or near your school one night a week, the same night for the entire program. You will finish one course every eight weeks and make-up options are available should a scheduling conflict occur. To learn more or apply, please call (800) 946-9802 or e-mail Brian Johnsen at More Go

The degree requires twenty-one hours of core courses and fifteen hours of electives, which are specific to the student's selected strand.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for the School for Education, you must also meet the following admission requirements for the Master of Education In Teacher Leadership program:

  • A Bachelor's degree in education from an accredited institution, or hold a valid state teaching certificate (applicant must provide copy of certificate).
  • Students with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be considered for admission, if they provide one of the following:
    • Four (4) years successful employment experience (validated by a letter of recommendation from supervisor based on good evaluations).
    • An acceptable GRE score for verbal and quantitative tests.
    • Meet or exceed the state field test mean score on the area test of the National Teacher's Exam.
    • Optional professional portfolio (to be evaluated by two full-time Teacher Education faculty members)
  • Be officially admitted to the School for Education

Degree Requirements

Curriculum (2013-2014 Catalog) Hours
Required Courses 21
ED 515 Sociological Factors Affecting Education 3
ED 516 Introduction to Graduate Research 3
ED 532 Teaching and Learning: Theory Into Practice 3
ED 606 Curriculum Theory and Practice
ED 608 Assessment 3
ED 629 Critical Reflections Seminar 3
ED 630 Action Practicum 3
Elective Courses* - Select 15 credit hours (five classes) of electives.
Students may sample a broad range of electives in a multidisciplinary approach or narrow their focus to a particular area of interest. The wide selection of courses offered allows students to tailor their M.Ed. program electives to their own interests and needs. Students may select, as electives, any of the courses offered by the School for Education.  
Total Hours 36

*Undergraduate Credit: A limited number of courses at the 400 level may be taken for graduate elective credit if eligible for graduate credit and with the permission of the graduate advisor or Program Director.

Thesis Option

With the approval of the Program Director, interested and capable students may elect the thesis option, to replace ED 629 and ED 630.* The six-credit thesis option provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic in-depth, by applying an appropriate research methodology. Students electing the thesis option shall adhere to the requirements set forth in the Graduate School's Master's Thesis Procedures, described above. Additional information about writing a thesis may be found in the Standards and Procedures Manual, accessible through the Graduate School website.

Thesis Option Curriculum
Required Courses 6*
ED 700 Thesis — Research and Proposal Development 3
ED 701 Thesis — Research 3
ED 799 Thesis — Continuous Enrollment 1

*Note: A maximum of six thesis hours may be counted toward degree requirements. Students electing the thesis option will not take ED 629 and ED 630.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 36 credit hours, with no grade lower than a "C", in the required courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • An application for Graduation is required before a completion statement is posted to the transcript. Students must submit the completed form with the appropriate fee.