College of Education & Human Sciences

Teacher Leader

Education Specialist - Teacher Leader

Teacher leaders perform a wide range of roles to support school and student success. These roles may be formal or informal and can occur in or out of the classroom. UNA offers the Educational Specialist with Alabama Class AA Teacher Leader certification. The Teacher Leader program focuses on developing teachers to guide their colleagues in curriculum development and instructional delivery. It does not prepare teachers to become licensed administrators. The program content is consistent with state and national standards.

Essential Information

  • Official Checklist/Program of Study: Click here for the official checklist (program of study) for the MAED in Instructional Leadership.
  • Application Requirements: Click here for the Application Requirements for Master's in Instructional Leadership Program
  • Admission to Candidacy: Click here for an Admission to Candidacy form.

Steps for Admission

Phase I. Graduate School Application

  1. Candidates must meet all testing requirements set forth by the Alabama State Department of Education. Contact the UNA Office of Teacher Certification for details.
  2. Minimum grade point average of 3.00 (4.0 scale) on all master's level coursework.
  3. A master's level professional educator certificate in any teaching field or area of instructional support is required. NOTE: If an individual is admitted to an Alabama Class AA teacher leader program based on a master's level professional educator certificate in a teaching field or area of instructional support from another state, completes the Class AA teacher leader program, and subsequently applies for Class AA teacher leader certification, then the individual must earn at least a Class A Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or area of instructional support before applying for Class AA certification.
  4. Minimum of three full years of full-time teaching experience in a P-12 setting.

Phase II. Portfolio

Applicants must submit a portfolio containing:

  • Letter of application
  • Current resume or vita
  • Professional growth plan
  • Copies of transcripts
  • Copies of teaching certificate(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be from administrative supervisors)
  • Evidence of ability to positively affect student achievement (classroom test scores, state test scores for your class and/or school)
  • Evidence of collaborative leadership potential (roles such as committee membership/chair, department chair, etc)
  • Other areas of leadership (leadership roles in church and/or community organizations)

The contents of the portfolio will be reviewed and scored by faculty members of the Instructional Leadership Department. The portfolio will count for the final score for acceptance into the program.

Submission of Portfolio by given date:
For Spring ---> October 15
For Fall ------> March 15
For Fall ------> June 15

Phase III. Interview

Candidates are expected to demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills. Each candidate who makes a minimum score of 20 points on the portfolio will be invited to participate in an interview as the final step in the application process. The interview will be approximately 25 minutes in length and will be designed to acquire information regarding the candidate's potential in a number of leadership areas. Each candidate must have a minimum score of 18 points on the interview. A final score of 38 points is required for acceptance into the program. The interview will assess:

  • Understanding of UNA Conceptual Framework
  • Discussion of UNA Conceptual Framework
  • Individual reflections on self-UNA Conceptual Framework parts
  • Structured interview by questions on Instructional Leadership standards

Phase IV. Coursework

Courses Required:

  • EDS 701 Professionalism and Ethics in the School Culture
  • EDS 704 Culturally Proficient Leadership
  • EDS 703 Digital-Age Leadership to Enhance Student Learning
  • TL 710 The Teacher Leader
  • TL 712 Coaching and Mentoring for Teacher Leaders
  • National Board Certification OR EDS 705 NBPTS: Issues & Trends
  • EDS 715 Curriculum Development for Teacher Leaders OR EDS 708 Advanced Curriculum Dev for Teaching & Learning
  • EEX605 Survey of Students with Disabilities (if not previously completed)
  • EDS 709 Applied Research II
  • EDS 702 Applied Research I
  • 6 hours of advisor-approved graduate coursework

Other essential information

  • Official Checklist/Program of Study: Click here for an official checklist (program of study)
  • Admission to Candidacy: Click here for an Admission to Candidacy form.