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Which Program is Right For Me?
Teacher Leadership versus Educational Leadership -
Which Degree is Right for Me?
What is the difference between “Teacher Leadership” and “Educational Leadership?”
A degree in Educational Leadership prepares educators who are committed to securing a leadership position (assistant principal or higher) at the building or system level. A degree in Teacher Leadership is a more general leadership preparation that prepares educators to take a leading role at the grade or subject field level (such as a department chair).
At what degree levels do you offer degrees in Teacher Leadership?
We offer an MED, EDS, and EDD in Teacher Leadership. In Summer 2013, we will be enrolling students in the MED and EDS in Teacher Leadership.
Is this coursework online?
Yes. Candidates can complete most, if not all, of the MED and EDS in Teacher Leadership online. However, candidates also still enjoy physical access to Kennesaw State University faculty and resources.
Do I need an MED in Teacher Leadership to enter the EDS in Teacher Leadership?
Absolutely not! A candidate with a bachelor’s degree in education can enter the master’s degree program in Teacher Leadership, and a candidate holding a master’s degree in education in virtually any field can enter the EDS in Teacher Leadership.
Assuming I do not get a “leadership position” after completing my MED or EDS in Teacher Leadership, will I still receive a salary lane increase for my degree?
Under current PSC rules, save in the most unusual circumstances, you should. Unlike Georgia’s limitations on graduate degrees in Educational Leadership, a degree in Teacher Leadership currently (Spring 2013) leads to a salary lane increase upon degree completion regardless of whether the educator chooses to leave his or her teaching role. However, as always, check with your school system and Georgia PSC.
Is a Teacher Leadership degree a good “gateway” to a higher degree (EDS or EDD) in educational leadership?
We certainly believe so. The MED and EDS in Teacher Leadership were designed expressly to prepare educators who may ultimately be interested in pursuing graduate degrees in Educational Leadership (and certification). Unlike all other graduate degrees, candidates who complete the MED or EDS in Teacher Leadership and who subsequently enroll in a higher degree program in Educational Leadership are not required to take the six (6) semester hour “leadership preservice” – a cost savings of approximately $2400 and a reduction of one (1) semester of coursework.
Assuming I get an MED or EDS in Teacher Leadership, what is the “next” graduate degree I can pursue?
One of the strengths of the MED and EDS in Teacher Leadership is that both degrees open a wide variety of doors for educators in their career choices. As you can see from the Bagwell College Career Ladder (on this site), educators with graduate degrees in Teacher Leadership can pursue degrees in Educational Leadership, Instructional Technology, or other “S” certificate fields. Similarly, educators with graduate degrees in other fields can choose to pursue a higher graduate degree in Teacher Leadership.
If I am a classroom teacher who is interested in leadership, but am not now in a leadership position, why should I consider Teacher Leadership instead of a degree in Educational Leadership?
Under Georgia’s current leadership preparation structure, it is extremely challenging for classroom teachers to complete the performance-based assignments required by Educational Leadership programs. The programs are designed for educators in “leadership roles,” and field-based course assignments assume that degree candidates have access to certain resources and opportunities outside the classroom. This is why the most respected programs in Educational Leadership in Georgia discourage classroom teachers from enrolling in their programs. Beyond this, if you complete a degree in leadership, you will not be paid on that degree unless and until you are in what your district defines as a “leadership position” – such as assistant principal or principal.