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Instructional Leadership

Instructional Leadership

MS Degree and Certificate Program

Have you been teaching for two or more years? Would you like to develop your skills as a teacher leader?

MS Degree in Education with a Specialization in Instructional Leadership

The Instructional Leadership Masters Degree is a 30-unit program that prepares experienced teachers to become teacher leaders on campus. You will refine your pedagogy and curriculum development skills and develop the leadership skills required for coaching, mentoring, and providing professional development. Electives include courses on effective strategies for engaging parents, National Board Certification preparation, grant writing for classroom resources, and Clear Credential courses. The culminating activity is an inquiry project that you conduct in your own classroom or school, putting into practice the skills you have developed. The program can be completed in five semesters or at your own pace.

Required (Core) Courses (12 units)
EDU 240 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
EDU 241 Effective Practices for Coaching and Mentoring Teachers (3)
EDU 242 Creating Inclusive and Motivating Classroom Environments for All Students (3)
EDU 243 Teacher Leadership in Professional Development (3)

Masters Program Courses (6 units)
EDU 200 Research Methods (3)
EDU 296A Masters Project Proposal Seminar (1)
EDU 296B Masters Project Seminar (2)

Electives (12 units)
While elective courses may be selected from any of the MSMU graduate education course offerings, the following courses are recommended. Teachers may choose to clear their preliminary credential while completing the masters degree. Teachers may also apply for transfer of up to six units of graduate credit for course taken in their content area at other accredited institutions of higher education.
EDU 244A/B National Board Preparation Seminar (2-1)
EDU 246 Grant Writing for Classroom Resources (3)
EDU 275 Literacy Instruction for Struggling Readers and Writers (3)
EDU 272 Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDU 276 Content Area Instruction for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDU 279 Supporting Students with Neurological Disorders (3)
EDU 289 English Learners: Supporting Educational Equity and Access (2)
EDU 299 Special Topics in Education (3)

Clear Credential Courses (EDU 225A, 225B, 225C, 225D – 1 unit each) (requires separate admission into our Clear Induction Program)

Candidates enrolling in the Instructional Leadership (IL) masters program are eligible to concurrently earn the Certificate in Inclusive and Responsive Teaching (CIRT) without taking any additional units beyond the 30 required for the IL masters degree. This certificate program invites you to improve both your marketability and classroom practice. Approved elective courses focus on expanding skills related to working with students with diverse special needs. This 12-unit program can be fully embedded within your masters program when you select electives from the following set of approved courses:

EDU 208B Responsive Teaching for All Learners (1.5)
EDU 242 Creating Inclusive and Motivating Classroom Environments for All Students (3)
EDU 270B Special Populations: Supporting Educational Equity and Access (2)
EDU 272 Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDU 278 Program Leadership for Education Specialists (3)
EDU 279 Supporting Students with Neurological Disorders (3)
EDU 251 Child and Adolescent Development and Learning Across Cultures (3)
EDU 256 Language and Literacy: Elementary Curriculum (3)
EDU 268 Content-Based Reading Instruction and Content Area Modules (4)

Ask your advisor about adding this program to your plan!

Certificate in Instructional Leadership

This 15-unit certificate program offers fully credentialed teachers the same core courses as those in the MS in Education/Instructional Leadership (see above), plus one additional elective. This program -- which can be completed in one year, or at your own pace -- is ideal for veteran educators with Masters degrees hoping to bring teacher leadership skills to their classrooms and school sites.

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The Preliminary and Induction Teacher Preparation Programs meet the standards for and have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), leading to a California Preliminary or Clear Teaching Credential.  Students who earn a California teaching credential after completing a Teacher Preparation program through Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) and wish to practice in a state other than California may have additional requirements to complete prior to practicing in the desired state. Mount Saint Mary’s University is in the process of researching program professional licensure requirements in other states. Contact the Education department at to discuss the path to obtaining a teaching credential in a state outside of California.