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Teacher Leader

The Teacher Leader Program is designed for passionate, dedicated professionals who continue to work at mastering the craft of teaching, who have the respect of their peers, and who serve the forward movement of their schools and communities. They are “go to” teachers.

Teacher Leader is for those whose first and foremost call is teaching, but who know they want to influence the broader school community. It is for those who can and do serve as leaders of school improvement—without being required to leave their classrooms.

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Quick Info

Program Code

18GC-DL-TCHLD-DL

Duration

varies

Location

Distance Learning Only

Department

Educational Leadership
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Contact

615UTeachers College
PO BOX 210022
Cincinnati ,OH  45221
Angela Ferguson
Email: angela.ferguson@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-3600

Career Possibilities

There are many traditional roles for teachers serving as leaders: department chair, grade-level chair, curriculum designer, and mentor—just to name a few. Through coursework and a one-year practicum, the Teacher Leader Program helps teachers expand into areas of leadership new to them—and to their school districts.

That’s what the Teacher Leader Program at UC is all about—expanding the role and the influence of one of the most powerful forces in a school, the teachers themselves. We’ve worked with teachers who have collaborated with their administrators to:

  • influence early childhood reading comprehension in a developing nation
  • develop a consistent writing program across all core content areas in a middle school
  • create common assessments in a variety of subject areas
  • design a literacy improvement plan for a school district, pre-k through grade 8
  • establish literacy labs for new and veteran teachers to observe and study the work of colleagues skilled in reading instruction
  • organize model classrooms for new teachers to observe and study the work of colleagues who are masters of management and instruction
  • provide professional development ushering new teachers into the school system and into the profession

 This is pioneering work—and the effects, far reaching.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The Teacher Leader Program is a fully online program. It begins by asking teachers to conceptualize the role of teacher—as that of leader—and then focuses on the development of skills in:

  • leading and facilitating change through Professional Learning Communities
  • working with adult learners
  • coaching and mentoring new and veteran teachers to improved instruction
  • implementing instructional strategies and modeling them for colleagues
  • providing site-specific professional development
  • managing a practicum project focused on an area of need specific to the school

 

Paths in the Teacher Leader Program

A.  The Ohio Teacher Leader Endorsement

Designed for Ohio teachers seeking to add the Teacher Leader Endorsement to a current teaching license, the endorsement is one of the paths for achieving the highest level of license available to Ohio educators, the Lead Professional Educator license.

Candidates for the Ohio Teacher Leader Endorsement must:

  • hold a valid Ohio teaching license
  • have completed a master’s degree
  • have four years’ experience
  • be employed in a school district
  • provide two letters of recommendation (including one from a building administrator)
  • complete the online graduate application and meet program standards

B.  The Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader

The Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader is available to out-of-state teachers seeking the certificate only.  (Note: all assignments and the practicum require a school setting.)

 

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Curriculum Guide by Requirement

Predominant Program

    Coursework
    • CI7060, Developing and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities for Teacher Leaders, 3
    • CI7061, Coaching and Mentoring for Improved Results for Teacher Leaders, 3
    • CI7062, Practicum Seminar for Teacher Leaders, 1 - 2
    • CI7062, Practicum Seminar for Teacher Leaders, 1 - 2
    • CI7063, Quality Instructional Practices for Teacher Leaders, 3

Admission Requirements

Standard admissions requirements include: baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA, cover letter, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation. For full details on admissions requirements for this degree (including GRE requirements), visit the program page on the CECH website: http://cech.uc.edu/programs/educational_leadership

Candidates for the Ohio Endorsement must hold a master's degree and have at least four years for successful teaching experience. Teachers must also provide a letter of support from their principal or building administrator to be considered.

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
2614 McMicken Circle
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

 

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

 

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

 

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
2614 McMicken Circle
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Application Deadlines

Admission Term

Application Deadline

Notification By

Fall

7/1

8/1

Spring

11/15

12/15

Summer

4/1

4/15

 

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Gainful Employment Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, federal regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832] by the U.S. Department of Education require postsecondary institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.

Generally, GE Programs include:

  • At public and private not-for-profit institutions: Title IV-eligible non-degree programs (e.g., certificate and diploma programs).
  • At for-profit institutions: All Title-IV eligible instructional programs, degree and non-degree.

http://cech.uc.edu/student_services_center/undergraduate-students/gainful-employment.html

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