School Organization and Leadership for Teacher Leaders
This course will examine how schools are organized and supported from the federal level to the local school. The concepts of leadership and its role at all levels will be a focal part of this study. Students will begin to examine their leadership style and dispositions.
Action Research and Data Analysis for School and Classroom Use
This course will focus on the analysis of data with emphasis on student achievement and whole school accountability. Data driven decision-making will be examined. Students will look at research methodologies with a focus on action research and the role of the leader in facilitating action research in the field.
Instructional Leadership for the Master Teacher
This course will focus on the "hard and soft" skills of instructional leadership. The teaching and learning process will be the focus of student work. Students will learn how to observe and coach for excellence in teaching and learning. The reflective practice model will serve as a basis for theory and skill development.
Basic Elements of Curriculum
This course will focus on national, state, and local curriculum standards. Students will gain an understanding of the alignment issues of curriculum, instruction, and assessment as they prepare a curriculum artifact based on the principles of curriculum.
Organizational Change and the Role of the Master Teacher
This course will examine theories of change looking at research and case studies of first and second order change. Students will gain strategies as leaders of change as schools work to move closer to higher performance. Students will study a current change taking place in a school.
Professional Portfolio for the Master Teacher
This course will examine the role of the student portfolio and the teaching portfolio. The main focus will be the professional portfolio for the candidate's completion of their degree program.
Professionalization of Teaching for the Master Teacher
This course will examine the philosophies and historical perspectives of education for the purpose of reflection on individual teaching and learning practices. Students will purposefully explore and define who they are as a master teacher and what core beliefs impact teaching and learning in their classroom.
Teaching and Learning for the Master Teacher
This course will explore theories and best practices that can lead to improved student performance.
Advanced Teaching and Learning
Prerequisite: MTLL 6223.
In this course the graduate student pursuing the NTL option will continue the exploration of teaching and learning theories and research-based classroom practices to promote improved student learning.
Cognitive Coaching and Mentoring for the Master Teacher
Students will develop the necessary skills that will enable the master teacher to be a peer learning coach and mentor for the inductee, peer, and/or marginal teacher.
Communication Advocasy & Policy Development for the Master Teacher
Effective means of communicating classroom related issues, in order to be an advocate for teaching and learning practices that make a difference in teaching and learning, will be examined in this course as well as ways for the teacher to impact policy development at the district, state, and national levels.
Advanced Curriculum Design Practicum for the Master Teacher
This course will focus on advanced methods of curriculum design. The role of the teacher leader in the curriculum development process will be explored and acquisition of the skills necessary to facilitate, implement, assess, and sustain the process will be learned.
Action Research Practicum for the Master Teacher
This course will focus on the implementation of the student action research design, developed in the initial research course, Action Research and Data Analysis for School and Classroom Use. Analysis of field data from this research will be aggregated with emphasis on student achievement. Effective communication of the research results to various audiences will also be explored.
Resource Acquisition for the Master Teacher
This course will provide the opportunity for students to discuss, explore, and acquire skills that will supplement means to augment classroom resources in addition to the allocated budget.
Evaluation of Classroom Learning for the Master Teacher
Assessment, to evaluate student performance, will be explored with the emphasis being on authentic assessments.
The purpose of the Intern Practicum is to provide the Non-Traditional (NTL) graduate student with an opportunity to apply theory and practice into experiences in the classroom.
$25 internship fee.
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