Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Degree Overview

The need for new education professionals is on the rise in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the education field is expected to expand by 5 percent through 2029. At this rate, more than 441,000 new positions for education professionals and leaders will be created by the end of the decade.

Answer the call for new educational leadership with the online Master of Education in Teacher Leadership program from Virginia Wesleyan University. With a reputation for outstanding academic programs available on campus, Virginia Wesleyan University now offers the Master’s in Teacher Leadership online through a virtual and interactive learning platform that allows you to balance your education with your full-time personal schedule. As an online student, you’ll receive the quality curriculum Virginia Wesleyan University is known for, plus the flexibility to learn at your pace as you complete your degree in as little as 12 months.

The online Master of Education in Teacher Leadership degree is designed for licensed teachers who are passionate about teaching and improving their students’ learning experience. While focusing on effective education strategies and academic research, courses required for the program offer opportunities to participate in reflective and responsive activities by reflecting on current teaching practices. Courses are taught by full-time department faculty and highly-qualified adjuncts with career and leadership experience. They’ll guide you through the curriculum with personalized attention to ensure you gain the necessary skills for career advancement upon graduation.

Aligned to the National Competencies of Teacher Leadership and the Teacher Leader Model Standards, the courses within the online M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership program provide educators the tools to become leaders in advocacy and innovation. Once you’ve completed the program, you’ll have the academic credential and leadership expertise to become a change agent in your school district and the educational community at large.

Program Details

  • 07/08/2024
    Next Start Date
  • 30
    Total Degree Credit Hours
  • Program Length
    Finish in as little as 12 months
  • $499
    Cost Per Credit Hour
  • 30
    Major Credit Hours

Course Information

Core Requirements

The major is a component of the degree that a student chooses: a major requires students to take a deep dive into the complexities of knowledge within a particular area of inquiry and to understand the methods and tenets of a discipline or interdisciplinary field. A major consists of a guided program that builds from gateway or intermediate courses to at least five advanced courses.

  • EDUC 535 - Characteristics of and Adaptations for Exceptional Student Populations
  • EDUC 540 - Classroom and Behavior Management
  • EDUC 615 - Advanced Methods of Instruction
  • EDUC 620 - Research Methods in Education
  • EDUC 655 - Assessment for Equitable Instruction
  • EDUC 670 - Professional Writing in Education

Concentration Courses:

  • EDUC 680 - Cultural Competence and Advocacy in Schools
  • EDUC 681 - Professional Collaboration for Enhanced Leadership
  • EDUC 682 - Educational Leaders as Change Agents
  • EDUC 683 - Leadership in Educational Policy

Career Outcomes

  • Corporate Training and Development Manager

    After completing the Master's in Teacher Leadership online program, you'll be equipped with the skills to take your education career outside the classroom and into the corporate world. With a position as a corporate training and development manager, you'll be responsible for implementing training and skill development programs for staff members of a company.

  • Instructional Designer

    The online Master of Education in Teacher Leadership degree will help you earn the credential necessary to pursue opportunities in instructional design. Employed by both schools and corporations, instructional designers develop educational materials to aid in training activities and academic courses.

Why VWU Online

Successful Alumni

More than 90 percent of our alumni are working or in graduate school within 1 year of graduation.

Highly Qualified Faculty

90 percent of our professors have attained the highest degree in their fields.


Virginia Wesleyan University is a Yellow Ribbon school, and we have a dedicated Veterans Service Team.

Streamlined Admission

Admission decisions are made on the basis of a review of the applicant's undergraduate transcript. No SAT, ACT, or GMAT required!

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the online M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership program at Virginia Wesleyan University, students must:

  1. Complete our online application.
  2. Provide official academic transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities previously attended. If more than one institution has been attended, the cumulative GPA for all coursework attempted must be 2.8 or higher. In addition, the GPA earned at the institution at which the bachelor’s degree was awarded must be 2.8 or higher.
  3. Have a bachelor’s degree in the educational field.
  4. Be a licensed teacher or have a teaching position.
  5. Complete an application essay.

Conditional acceptance criteria:

  • Students can enter and take two courses without a 2.8 GPA. Students must achieve a B or higher in each course to continue in the program.
  • If an applicant does not have a teaching license, a full-time position teaching in a Pre-K–12 context will be required.

Financial Aid

There may be financial aid options available to you when you apply for an online program at Virginia Wesleyan University.

Now offering a 10% tuition reduction for teachers in schools within the following cities: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton and Suffolk. 
Teacher of the Year winners in the state of Virginia will also receive a 10% tuition reduction.

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