Master of Arts Teacher Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Arts: Teacher Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction degree program encourages self-reflective, lifelong learners who design, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instruction; interpret and apply current research findings; and conduct relevant classroom research.

Designed to meet a variety of goals for prospective school administrators, the Master of Arts in Executive Leadership studies provides a foundation in the principles and procedures of educational administration, curriculum development, and instructional improvement. You will develop an ability to implement and evaluate models of instruction and methods of supervision in the classroom and other school settings. In addition, the program fosters the development of one’s ability to effectively evaluate classroom teachers and improves capacities to appropriately interpret and implement educational research.

Gardner-Webb University’s College of Education offers a learning environment that supports Christian values in the classroom. You will gain valuable professional preparation to succeed in your career and help your future students succeed in school. You will also benefit from spiritual support that prepares you for ethical, inspired leadership.


What You’ll Learn

Designed for current school teachers who wish to enhance their leadership skills and career opportunities, the five-semester Master of Arts: Teacher Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction program will provide:

  1. a study of the theoretical base, research, and exemplary practices of current trends and issues in curriculum and instruction for teacher leaders;
  2. opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills needed to meet diverse needs of students in inclusive classroom settings;
  3. opportunities to utilize current technologies and to integrate technology in the classroom;
  4. advanced expertise in teaching communication skills across the curriculum;
  5. opportunities to develop teachers as leaders who are agents of change in the schools, in the local community, and in the global community;
  6. opportunities to develop and refine leadership styles and skills through a process of active engagement in learning, self-reflection, planning, collaboration, reflective teaching, and development of interpersonal and motivational skills; and
  7. a learning environment that fosters respect and ethical principles in teacher/student and colleague relationships.

Fully Online

You will log into Blackboard to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and complete group activities. While there are no face-to-face meetings, some of the activities may include chats, discussion boards, recorded and/or live webinars, and various web links for viewing. Your classes will operate in Blackboard and each semester’s final projects will be submitted in an electronic portfolio in Taskstream. Upon full acceptance to the online program you will be required to complete online certification to verify your proficiency in an online environment.

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Master of Arts Teacher Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction

Students in the Master of Arts: Teacher Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction program must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.50 grade point average for all coursework beyond high school. Three years of teaching experience is strongly recommended. In order to obtain graduate-level licensure, students must hold initial licensure. Applicants not currently licensed in North Carolina are eligible for acceptance into the program but will not be recommended for licensure unless they obtain an initial State of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Professional Educator’s License prior to completing their degree.

Integrated curriculum will be offered within the five-semester, 33-hour Curriculum and Instruction degree program. Each semester students will take one module, consisting of six or seven integrated semester hours with a one-credit hour internship during the third, fourth, and fifth semesters.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Graduates from the College of Education bachelor’s degree program who have met teacher licensure exam requirements will be seamlessly admitted into the following programs: Master of Arts in Instructional Technology (MAIT) and Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (MTLCI) within one year of graduation.  

All application fees are waived, and admission requirements are streamlined. See the College of Education section of the academic catalog for more details.

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What You’ll Do

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master of Arts: Teacher Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction and be recommended for graduate-level licensure in Curriculum and Instruction which requires a satisfactory score on the Praxis II exam. The program is designed to offer the depth of a concentration and the breadth of a cross-disciplinary perspective to develop curricular leaders who can shape educational practices at all levels.

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