Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Online; Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Graduate degree; Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership degree gives educators the opportunity to gain expertise and skills in ethical leadership and innovative instructional methodology. Teacher leaders understand the power of active, personalized learning and can design, facilitate, and assess authentic learning. Candidates will develop effective communication and facilitation skills, which will allow them to utilize their pedagogical expertise to lead curriculum and facilitate instructional coaching that supports teacher growth and enhances student learning and achievement. The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership encourages candidates to strengthen their skills in professionalism, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration as they prepare to lead teachers in order to optimally impact student learning as an instructional coach, curriculum director, or other leadership role.

This graduate program culminates in a capstone project where candidates have the option of completing a thesis or preparing a comprehensive portfolio.

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership is offered as an online or blended program.

Master of Education Program Highlights

Earn your master’s degree in an accredited graduate program at an affordable, private, Catholic university. A Master of Education degree in Teacher Leadership from the University of Mary will expand your professional expertise and enhance your employment options. In this program, you will:

  • Develop skills to assume a leadership role in your school and in the broader field of education.
  • Earn your degree in a blended program that combines the convenience of online study with valuable face-to-face time in the classroom.
  • Gain a strong balance of theory and application with courses that are delivered by a combination of highly qualified, full-time faculty and experienced practicing teachers and administrators.
  • Learn in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values that will enrich your career and everyday life.

Core Courses
EDU 531 Ethics in Education and Human Performance (2)
EDU 551 Critique and Design of Research (2)
EDU 565 Statistics (3)
EDU 567 Diversity in Culture and Human Relations (2)
EDU 608 Foundations in Education (2)

Thesis Option:
EDU 700 Research Seminar I (1)
EDU 701 Research Seminar II (1)
EDU 704 Research Presentation (3)

Portfolio Option:
EDU 705 Portfolio Preparation (2)
EDU 706 Portfolio Presentation (2)

Emphasis Area Requirements
EDU 566 School Curriculum K-12 (3)
EDU 570 Differentiated Instruction (3)
EDU 620 Integrating Technology (2)
EDU 645 School and Family Relations (2)
EDU 6xx Internship (1)
EDU 665 School Culture and Organizational Behavior (3)
EDU 7xx Student Centered PBL and Instructional Coaching (3

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, are eligible to be admitted to begin graduate study. Those who are interested in a Master of Education, but who have an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0, should contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Individuals seeking a North Dakota credential or endorsement must hold a bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited institution, have the appropriate North Dakota licensure and years of experience, as well as the required coursework, to be recommended for North Dakota credentialing or endorsement by the University of Mary Department of Education.

In most cases, the requirements listed below must be met prior to admission for graduate study. In addition, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in order to continue in the graduate program in education. To complete the application process, please submit:

  • Completed application
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume identifying appropriate experience
  • Application/enrollment fee
  • Official undergraduate transcripts

Graduate credit earned at other institutions may be accepted toward a degree at the University of Mary. Upon approval, up to one-third of the required credits may be transferred as part of the graduate degree.

Dr. Brenda Tufte - [email protected] - Chair, Graduate Education

For information about the graduate education program, please contact Dr. Brenda Tufte at [email protected] or the University of Mary Admissions Office at (800) 288-MARY.

If you are considering a Master of Education degree in Teacher Leadership, you may also be interested in the following graduate education programs at the University of Mary: