Teacher Leadership


Interested in enhancing your role as a teacher leader or becoming one to support your school or district by taking on additional responsibilities? As a teacher, you have firsthand knowledge of and familiarity with your school system. Building on that foundation, you can be equipped to lead and be an agent of change. A MAT in teacher leadership may be just the track to get you there.

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A Great Fit For

  • Someone who works as a teacher leader in their school or district or who aspires to do so.
  • Highly collaborative individuals.
  • People who want to be an agent for change.


Orientation to graduate education programs and readiness for online learning to be completed during the student’s first semester of enrollment. Expectations related to scholarly writing skills are introduced.

Overview of approaches to educational research and pertinent educational theoretical frameworks. Students will examine the role of action research in their practice.

Identify and review scholarly literature, critically evaluate research, and develop skills to write an effective literature review related to topics in teacher leadership.

Students examine the systematic design feature of action research, with a focus on selecting effective data tools and creating an implementation plan for a research project.

Students examine evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of action research data, as well as designing strategies for instructional adjustment and re-evaluation.

Using foundational methods of design and analysis, students conduct action research related to Teacher Leadership. A capstone research project, including a review of literature, a systematic inquiry of a research problem, implementation of an intervention, analysis, and interpretation of data, and reflection for instructional adjustment.

Expands the use of technology tools in teaching situations and includes an action inquiry project using a technology-infused solution. Discusses issues related to technology and its use in schools.

Examination of socio-cultural concerns and ethics related to educational foundations with emphasis on contemporary issues influencing curriculum, pedagogy, inclusion, human relations, educational policy, and social justice.

  • EDUC 610 (3 cr): Reflective Teaching
  • EDUC 740 (3 cr): Exploring Teacher Leadership
  • EDUC 741 (3 cr): Leading Professional Learning Communities
  • EDUC 742 (3 cr): Collaborative Communication for Teachers


Additional Program Details

About MAT: Teacher Leadership

  • Participate in engaging curriculum that helps prepare you with the skills needed to create advanced learning communities.
  • Develop a leadership style fit for the 21st century education landscape.
  • Expand your opportunities for advancing your leadership in education while enhancing your skills in areas such as leading professional learning communities, collaborative communication, reflective teaching, and more.
  • Enjoy the flexible advantages of earning a degree 100% online, allowing you to work and maintain your personal and professional aspirations.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to gain practical experience that can be immediately applied in the classroom.

Contact Us

Morningside University
Sharon Walker School of Education

1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106


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