Rank I Post Masters Program with a Teacher Leadership Endorsement (non-degree program)

Bellarmine University’s Rank I Post-Masters Degree option with a Teacher Leadership Endorsement (Grades P—12) is designed to develop teacher leaders who will be challenged to reflect continuously upon: leadership skills, coaching and mentoring; analysis of assessment and data to impact instruction; strategies for closing the achievement gap through instructional best practices; the need to address equity and
diversity in schools; and collaborative efforts to include colleagues, parents, and the community in comprehensive efforts for school improvement.

All students seeking an endorsement in Teacher Leadership must successfully complete 18 credit hours of designated coursework including a Capstone Project selected from the following options: Action Research Project, National Board Certification Project or Master’s Thesis. Acceptance into this program requires the student to hold a valid classroom teaching certificate with a recommendation from the school principal or designee.

Program Courses

EDUG 644 Teacher Leadership for Equity in Schools and Community
EDUG 670 School Improvement Through Assessment, Evaluation and Data Analysis
EDUG 671 Teacher Leadership to Improve Student Achievement
EDUG 672 Dynamic Teacher Leadership
EDUG 673 Teacher Leadership for Communities of Practice

Capstone experience in Teacher Leadership requires one of the following:
EDUG 697 Applying Research to Practice
EDUG 699 Master’s Thesis in Education

Additional hours necessary for full Rank I status will be determined with the faculty advisor given the candidate’s academic background and professional goals.

Program Completion Requirements

  • A program of studies requiring a minimum of 60 hours graduate level course work (including the masters degree) with a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average throughout the program of studies.
  • A minimum of 15 hours graduate credit earned in residence at Bellarmine University is required for the School of Education to recommend a candidate for Rank I status. All credit hours must have faculty advisor approval.