Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)

This specialization is ideal for the classroom teacher who is passionate about making a difference in education. Discover how you can build upon your existing expertise with dynamic skills that can help address such key challenges as parent involvement and student achievement. Learn more about your leadership style, leverage the latest research to guide your decisions, and lead with greater confidence in your classroom and in your learning community.

Emphasis on Practical Strategies

  • Enhance your leadership capabilities while remaining in the classroom.
  • Improve parent involvement and student achievement.
  • Encourage and mentor your colleagues.

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Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours

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.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12) Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Engage students in learning within and across the disciplines and help students understand how the subjects they study can be used to explore important issues in their lives and the world around them.
  2. Collaborate with colleagues to improve schools and to advance knowledge and practice in their field.
  3. Use a variety of approaches to help students build knowledge and strengthen understanding.
  4. Identify skills gaps and preconceptions students may bring to the subject.
  5. Use diverse instructional strategies to teach for understanding.
  6. Collaborate with others to improve student learning.
  7. Collaborate with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development, and staff development.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6640 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 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 6650 Course Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6647 Course Dynamic Teacher Leadership Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6657 Course Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6655 Course Teacher Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration With Colleagues Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6674 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Students With Special Needs Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6659 Course Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Walden University is approved by Minnesota to offer the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration program that leads to licensure as a P–12 principal in Minnesota. This is the only program offered by Walden that is state approved as leading to any P–12 administrative/leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, superintendent).

In addition, through a partnership with the Harris County Department of Education, Walden’s M.S. in Education, Educational Leadership program leads to principal licensure at the master’s level in Texas. More information about the Texas Principal Certification Program can be found at http://www.hcde-texas.org/default.aspx?name=PrinCert.

Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of Walden's programs, or coursework for graduate credit within any graduate program, will permit a graduate to obtain state licensure or endorsement as a P–12 teacher or administrator.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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