The M.S.Ed. Teacher Leadership degree is designed for experienced teachers who hold a current teaching certificate, wish to earn a Master's degree, desire to become more involved in leadership activities within their school, and remain a classroom instructor. This program is also designed to prepare teachers to successfully apply for National Board Certification and to meet Missouri criteria for "High-Quality Career Certification." It consists of 32 hours of graduate credit which focuses on improvement of instruction via assessment, curriculum design, and action research. Teacher leaders remain in the classroom and influence others to enhance teaching and learning, which will result in school improvement. Some of the major topics to be addressed in coursework include team building, reaching consensus, learning communities, adult learning practices, interpersonal relationships, group facilitation, and diversity.
Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Northwest has been an AQIP institution since 2005, and served as a pilot institution in the development of AQIP in the late 1990s.
In addition to being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Northwest programs are accredited by:
• Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP)
• Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
• Council for the Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism& Related Professions (COAPRT)
• Council for the Accreditation of the American Association ofFamily and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
• Missouri State Board of Education
• National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
• National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
• National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required: 32
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Distant Town
Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999