The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership is a cohort designed for teachers who want to further develop their expertise in the classroom and increase their influence as teacher leaders. As a state-approved Teacher Leadership program, the first year of coursework counts towards the new Michigan “Advanced Professional Education” Certificate. This degree program is a joint offering between the Department of Organizational Leadership and the Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies. Applicants to the Master of Education in teacher leadership degree program apply through Graduate Admissions.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Oakland University Graduate School by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
Cohorts begin in the fall term and are filled on a rolling basis to a maximum of 20 students.
Students will become part of a cohort for the two years of the program. Hybrid coursework will be delivered through a combination of online learning modules and scheduled Saturday sessions.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Goal statement
- A copy of the teaching certificate
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.
Applicants for the Master of Education in teacher leadership will be selected based on experience as reflected in an analysis of several criteria:
- An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
- A teaching certificate
- Ready access to K-12 classrooms
- At least one year K-12 teaching experience
- Requirements for recommendations
The two Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms from individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant
- A statement of professional goals
- Communication skills commensurate with graduate-level scholarship.