This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Education with a specialization in Teacher Leadership.
|Course Code||EDUC 6647||Course||Dynamic Teacher Leadership||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6651||Course||Teacher Leadership in the Classroom: Increasing Learning and Achievement||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6655||Course||Teacher Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration With Colleagues||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6659||Course||Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Education professionals are introduced to the concept of teacher leadership and its value in the field of education today in this course. They engage in personal assessment and analysis so that they may cultivate the dispositions and attitudes of a teacher leader for the purpose of effecting positive change in their learning communities. They also learn the critical importance of expanding their knowledge of educational research and theory to guide leadership decisions that effectively address today’s educational challenges. Education professionals complete coursework that emphasizes self-examination and self-perceptions with regard to teacher leadership.
The focus of teacher leadership expands from self to students, increasing the sphere of influence of the teacher leader to the classroom context in this course. Education professionals concentrate on advancing their expertise in the field of teaching by increasing their knowledge and skills in three key areas: knowledge of learners and learning; knowledge of subject matter and curriculum goals; and knowledge of effective teaching models, strategies, and practices. They learn to apply this expertise in the classroom in ways that directly affect the learning and achievement of their students.
Education professionals address teacher leadership in the context of advancing the expertise and leadership of peers, thereby expanding education professionals’ spheres of influence beyond the walls of the classroom. They explore mentoring and coaching models designed to promote the professional growth of their colleagues. They learn and apply skills for mentoring novice teachers and for engaging in coaching relationships with peers at all stages of the teacher development cycle. Through conceptual and application-based activities, education professionals address various forms of collaboration with colleagues, focusing on interpersonal and communication skills.
The sphere of influence for education professionals is extended from working with peers to engaging with stakeholders throughout the greater school community in this course. Education professionals learn the processes, benefits, and challenges of building and working in learning communities to identify issues and solve problems that affect student learning and achievement. They consider professional growth and development as an integral part of various types of school improvement processes. Additionally, they engage in a variety of practical assignments, such as an analysis of their own school’s development of mission, vision, values, goals, and communication elements as a professional learning community.