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2015-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies
485B Pawley Hall  (map)
(248) 370-2613 • Fax (248) 370-2639


Department of Organizational Leadership
480D Pawley Hall  (map)
(248) 370-3070 • Fax (248) 370-4605

Robert Wiggins
Teacher Development and Educational Studies
485A Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3093

Cynthia Carver
Organizational Leadership
480G Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3081

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Graduate Catalog Addendum  

This degree program is a joint offering between the Department of Educational 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 Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

Program delivery

Students will become part of a cohort for the two years of the program. Courses will be delivered through Saturday classroom sessions as well as podcasts, on-site visitation and online instruction.

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  2. Additional department application requirements
  • Goal statement
  • A copy of the teaching certificate

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, 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, especially leadership 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.

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Degree requirements

The Master of Education in teacher leadership degree is awarded upon successful completion of 30 credits.

Satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing

All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

Department requirements:    No grade below 2.8 may be applied to the degree, and an overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained.

In order to remain in good standing, graduate students must earn a grade-point average of 3.0. No grade below 2.0 (2.8 for EL and MTD and 3.0 for TDES) can be applied toward a graduate degree. Two course grades below 3.0 or one below 2.0 automatically lead to an evaluation of progress and possible dismissal. 

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

Related program information


All students must schedule a program planning appointment with an adviser, after being notified of acceptance to a program, as follows:

  • Students accepted into a master’s program should call the faculty advisers identified in their letters of acceptance.
  • All other students must contact the Teacher Education Advising Office at (248) 370-4182. 

Plan of Study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.