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Master of Education in Teacher Leadership Online

Complete Coursework in as little as 18 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $13,860 plus fees.


The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership gives you the tools you need to drive greater levels of achievement throughout your entire school system. You'll learn advanced instructional techniques for leading professional learning communities as you develop skills to mentor and motivate other teachers.

What you'll gain:

  • A broader view of the total school community and its holistic interdependencies
  • A comprehensive understanding of evidence-based best practices and methodologies for using them in teaching and learning
  • Valuable teacher-leader field experience through specialized internship programs

Columbus State's field-seasoned faculty will help you develop your leadership capabilities and how to effectively assess content area needs and then apply your experience and expertise in ways that can positively impact both students and teachers.

Online Courses

The course work for the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership online degree program is accelerated, and is based on 7-week terms to provide flexibility for the student and to help shorten average time to completion. This program includes instruction on educational research methods, assessment techniques, best practices in curriculum, and an internship for professional application and synthesis of learnings in partner schools. To see the full list of courses for the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership online program, View courses


Tuition for the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership online degree program is competitive, and the tuition cost is the same for both Georgia and non-Georgia residents. To help make the program tuition costs more manageable, enrolled students can pay by the course while progressing through their online program. Related fees can also be paid per 7-week term, or per semester, as applicable. Financial aid may also be available for those students who qualify. To learn more about tuition for this online master of education program, View tuition


To apply to the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership online degree program, you must file an official application and all related, required documents, including official transcripts, a level 4 or higher professional teaching, service or leadership certificate, as well as a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75. To learn more about all the admission requirements specific to this master of education online program, View admissions


The academic calendar for the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership online degree program is arranged to offer maximum start date flexibility for online students, allowing for two starts per fall or spring semester. Additional flexibility is built in with a document deadline that extends beyond the application deadline, to allow for receipt of a completed application. To see our calendar, including upcoming start dates and important deadlines for this master of education online program, View calendar

Online Courses

For the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership online program, students must complete the following course work, which includes a field-based internship.

Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistical procedures. Emphasis on systematic teacher inquiry and data-driven decision making to improve student achievement.
This course provides adult learning theories, models, principles and strategies applied to the workplace.
Develops a comprehensive understanding of best practices in curriculum and applies that knowledge to the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment to standards.
The candidate will investigate adult motivation and coaching.
The candidate will investigate community-school collaborations. Teacher-leaders will learn how to build and be a part of a viable team that focuses on high achievement for all students.
This course provides an in-depth investigation of the roles and responsibilities of the Teacher leader. Candidates participate in a comprehensive examination of how essential elements of curriculum, instruction, assessment and ongoing reflection and staff development are interwoven to develop effective, research-based teaching and learning.
This course expands teachers’ knowledge and skills in assessment techniques for all students. Teachers will be prepared to work with others to design and implement assessment practices and analyze data to improve teaching and learning through data informed decision making.
This course addresses reading and writing skill development in all populations including those with limited English abilities, problems in content reading assignments and nonreaders. Special attention is given to developing strategies for teaching reading and writing to students at various skill levels across the curriculum.
Strategies needed to meet the needs of diverse learners, including differentiation and response to intervention, will be used by teacher leaders, who will then mentor and coach other educators in using the response to intervention model and differentiated instruction in their content areas.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours from Areas I and II to include EDTL 6156, EDTL 6157, and EDUL 6235. Provides opportunities for the synthesis and application of knowledge, skills, and dispositions of teacher leaders in partner schools. The internship is provided in one- or two-hour increments during a minimum of two semesters for a total of three credit hours. Professional learning experiences include, but are not limited to: Mentoring and coaching, collaborating with stakeholders, designing and implementing professional learning, leading curriculum assessment and data analysis for decision making. May be repeated for a maximum of three credit hours. Prerequisites include: (S/U grading; Course fee required)


Columbus State online tuition is the same—both in-state and out-of-state, and is conveniently payable by course.

Program Per Credit Hour Fees
Master of Education in Teacher Leadership $385

$132.50 institution fee per 7-week term

$39.50 tech fee per 7-week term

$33.50 Activity Fee per 7 week term

$38 per course instructional fee

$149.50 Tk20 fee—see below

$50 application fee

Internship fee: $50 per semester for 2 semesters (total $100)


Students must purchase a Tk20 account when accepted into the program. A Tk20 account can be purchased for $149.50 through the CSU bookstore. Purchase Tk20

Admission Requirements

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Here's a checklist of what you'll need to begin the admissions process for your Columbus State M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership:

  • Completed requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a related field of study
  • A cumulative 2.75 grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work for regular admission and a cumulative 2.50 for provisional admission
  • A cumulative 3.0 grade point average on any transfer graduate work
  • A clear, renewable level 4 or higher professional teaching, service or leadership certificate in the field of study in which the applicant will specialize
  • A minimum of 3 years teaching experience in the field in which the applicant will specialize
  • A personal statement of purpose not to exceed 400 words which identifies the applicant's interest in the program and reason for pursuing graduate study
  • Two letters or recommendation, with one being from the candidate's school system administrator (superintendent) or designee
  • Due to the in-school requirements, applicants must be employed at the time of application and during their time as a student

Out of State Students

If you live outside the state of Georgia, state regulations may limit your distance education options. To find out whether Columbus State University is authorized to deliver specific programs in your state, please email your inquiry to This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state approval of online offerings. Other types of questions should be sent to the academic department offering the online course.

Columbus State University's programs leading to all levels of licensure, endorsement, and professional certification are designed to satisfy the requirements of their respective Georgia boards governing licensure. CSU does NOT guarantee that these programs will necessarily satisfy the criteria of professional boards in other states or territories. Programs effected by state licensing requirements may include, but are not limited to, programs in Nursing, Leadership, and Education. Students from outside of Georgia who are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of intended practice prior to beginning a course of study.

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NOTE: For Georgia certification, candidates must satisfactorily complete the state testing requirement for Teacher Leadership; the certificate is a P-12, service field.

An active Tk20 account is a required resource for this program because selected assignments must be submitted electronically using this online platform. Tk20 is used by the university to maintain our accreditation, to demonstrate the quality of our academic programs, and to improve teaching and learning.


Semester Start Date Application Deadline Deadline for Receipt of All Documents Needed for Admission Registration Deadline Tuition/Fees Deadline
Fall 1 Semester 2017 August 14, 2017 July 14, 2017 July 29, 2017 August 13, 2017 August 14, 2017
Spring 1 Semester 2018 January 22, 2018 December 8, 2017 January 8, 2018 January 21, 2018 January 22, 2018
Summer 1 Semester 2018 June 13, 2018 May 13, 2018 May 27, 2018 June 12, 2018 June 13, 2018
Fall 1 Semester 2018 August 20, 2018 June 30, 2018 July 15, 2018 August 19, 2018 August 20, 2018

Additional Important Dates

Semester Start Date Schedule Adjustment Period (DROP ONLY) Last Day to Withdraw without Academic Penalty Last Day of Classes
Fall 1 Semester 2017 August 14, 2017 August 14, 2017 August 25, 2017 October 4, 2017
Spring 1 Semester 2018 January 22, 2018 January 22, 2018 February 5, 2018 March 9, 2018
Summer 1 Semester 2018 June 13, 2018 June 13, 2018 June 27, 2018 July 31, 2018
Fall 1 Semester 2018 August 20, 2018 August 20, 2018 September 3, 2018 October 9, 2018
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Top Reasons to Enroll:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Columbus State in the Top 60 Best Online Graduate Education Programs for 2015
  • CSU's College of Education and Health Professions is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  • CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC™) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, education specialist and doctoral degrees
  • Instruction from highly accomplished faculty—the same faculty who teach on campus
  • 100% online—flexible and convenient
  • Multiple start dates—start when you're ready