Benefits of a Master of Education – Teacher as Leader Degree

The growing demand, both nationally and in Michigan, for school leaders who can have a positive impact on student learning makes the Master of Education degree a valuable credential.

For many, the desire to leave the classroom is not in their future, however, taking on various leadership roles within their school, district and community is a reality.  Often times, these activities take on new dimension that prior coursework had not prepared them.  The Teacher as Leader program offers the opportunity for teachers and others to learn expose themselves to leadership theories and practices, personnel administrative, curriculum developers and more. 

Common roles may include:
School Improvement Chairs
Curriculum Chairs
Mentor
Professional Development Leader
Instructional Leader
Instructional Coaches
Athletic Coaches

“In addition to being knowledgeable about the subjects they teach, teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand the students' educational and emotional needs. Teachers also must be able to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teachers, support staff, parents, and members of the community. Teachers may become administrators or supervisors. In some systems, highly qualified experienced teachers can become senior or mentor teachers, with higher pay and additional responsibilities. They guide and assist less experienced teachers while keeping most of their own teaching responsibilities. 

Teachers can boost their earnings in a number of ways. In some schools, teachers receive extra pay for coaching sports and working with students in extracurricular activities, mentoring pr performing other jobs in the school system. “

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Teachers—Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos318.htm (visited April 27, 2011).