Jun 02, 2023  
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Department of Teacher Development and
Educational Studies

485A Pawley Hall  (map)
(248) 370-2613 • Fax (248) 370-2639


Department of Organizational Leadership
475D Pawley Hall  (map)
(248) 370-3081 • Fax (248) 370-4605

Christine Abbott
Teacher Development and Educational Studies
480A Pawley Hall
(248) 496-4082

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Graduate Catalog Addendum  

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 15 students.
  • International applicants :

Program delivery

Students will become part of a cohort for the two years of the program. Coursework will be delivered through synchronous online sessions on Saturdays and some weeknights. 

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 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.

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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 2.8 (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.

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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 Oakland University Graduate School.

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.