LEAD Teacher, M.Ed.
at Southern Arkansas University
Dean of the College of Education
Our programs are routinely recognized as the best value programs nationally. SAU offers out-of-state tuition waivers to students from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
About the Instructional Facilitator / LEAD Teacher program
Degree Plan and Course Descriptions:
|Course Title||Description||Credit Hours|
|EDUC 6253: Foundations of Teacher Leadership||This course introduces the concepts and lays the foundation for effective teacher leadership. It will examine teacher leadership in the classroom with the purpose of increasing student learning and achievement. The course combines a comprehensive view of teacher leadership with practical and constructive strategies for developing the qualities necessary to be a successful teacher leader.||3|
|EDUC 6003: Educational Research||This course is designed to prepare the educator to be a consumer of educational research as well as how to participate as a producer of new knowledge through the research process. Appropriate research principles and methodologies to enhance teaching, student learning, and school improvement will be emphasized.||3|
|EDUC 5033: Classroom Assessment||This course shows in-service teachers how to use classroom testing accurately and formatively to increase their teaching effectiveness and make a difference in how well students learn. Teachers will learn clear and concise guidelines on how to develop quality classroom assessments. Particular attention is paid to the implications of testing on teaching and the increasing importance of educational assessment in an era of common core state standards and teacher evaluations based on students’ tests scores.||3|
|EDUC 5273: Classroom and Group Management||This course presents the basic principles of behavior modification and contingency management, which includes the study of proactive instructional classroom management and the designing and implementation of behavior intervention strategies.||3|
|EDUC 6213: Curriculum Planning||This course guides in-service teachers through all of the aspects of developing a curriculum—from the underlying principles and concepts to the roles of school personnel, the components of the process, uses of technology, and current issues that are shaping the field. Includes both traditional and contemporary approaches to give a comprehensive, balanced look at the theories and evidence-based practices demonstrated to be effective instructional leaders.||3|
|EDUC 5203: Strategies for Content Area Reading||This course prepares in-service teachers in how to use literacy-related instructional strategies to help students think and learn with all kinds of print and digital texts. Emphasis is on the comprehensive content, including an ever-expanding knowledge base in the areas of literacy, cognition and learning, educational policy, new literacies and technologies, and student diversity.||3|
|EDUC 6863: Teacher Leadership Capstone||This course is the capstone experience for the Master of Education: Instructional Facilitator / Lead Teacher Program. Candidates will learn to select, categorize, and document their achievements and accomplishments for review and assessment related to the Arkansas Teacher Leader Model Standards. Graduate-level writing skills will be strictly enforced.||3|
|EDAS 6023: Supervision of Instruction in Elem/Sec Schools||This course analyzes the school administrator’s role in the implementation of high-quality and equitable academic and non-academic student programs in a digital age. An emphasis will be placed on curriculum design, delivery, and assessment of the curriculum at both the elementary and secondary level.||3|
|EDAS 6033: Organizational Development, Evaluation, & Action Research||This course develops the skills required to systematically analyze and plan by making data-driven decisions to foster instructional improvement and organizational change, including collecting and analyzing data to assess organization needs, develop improvement plans with related professional development, and evaluate progress toward organization goals by conducting action research. Consultation experiences with local school systems allow for problem solving and the development of improvement strategies.||3|
|EDAS 6013: School Community Relations||This course examines the principles underlying the relationships between schools, parents, and other communities and its agencies in order to strengthen student learning. An emphasis is placed on examining how cultivating relationships with diverse community members, partners and other educational stakeholders benefit school improvement and student development.||3|
|Completion Time:||2 years *|
|Cost Per Year:||In state: $5,497 / Out of State: $7,897|
|Complete Program Cost:||In state: $10,995 / Out of State: $15,795|
* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer
The Master of Education: Instructional Facilitator / LEAD Teacher program is designed for current teachers desiring to enhance their classroom teaching and leadership role. It is a 30-hour, fully online advanced degree program that provides an avenue to an instructional facilitator license as well as the designation of LEAD teacher as part of Arkansas’ “Career Continuum.”
Candidates will demonstrate competency through performance and will participate in authentic field experiences that allow them to demonstrate proficiency in the Arkansas Teacher Leader Model Standards in K-12 settings. Unconditional admission into Graduate Studies and a current teaching license in any area of licensure for grades P-12 are required.
A survey of superintendents, principals, teachers, curriculum and assessment coordinators confirmed multiple opportunities for teacher leadership within their schools / districts, as well as projected opportunities within the next 2-5 years. Respondents indicated that benefits to their schools / districts would be better instruction and a better understanding of the link between teachers and administrators, new knowledge and skills to uplift the team, keeping strong teachers in the classroom, and more research-based instruction.
Southern Arkansas University offers personalized tour visits, faculty and staff who care about student success, and a caring campus community. SAU also offers traditional and unique academic degree programs that are ranked nationally for quality and affordability.
Nestled in a quiet and beautiful part of south Arkansas, SAU is a great place to call home and to study a broad range of academic programs, including some unique offerings to the state and region. Along with boasting a complete college experience on campus, the University is a short drive from outdoor activities and is central to many regional hubs, such as Texarkana, Shreveport, Little Rock, etc.
Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and continues to grow, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies