Students in the program begin as accomplished teachers, teacher leaders, principals, superintendents, higher education professionals, or leaders in other educational contexts working to implement change in their local place of practice. Graduates commit to continued systematic study of their practice and sustained innovation and leadership to make a positive difference over time.
Students entering with a master's degree in a related field may be granted up to 30 credit hours toward the 90 credit hours required for this program. The focus of the program is research in action, which allows students to conduct multiple cycles of inquiry throughout the program. Coursework combines a professional and research core that deepens students’ abilities to think reflectively and critically about problems of practice in one of the following contexts:
- PreKindergarten-Grade 12 (PK-12) Change Leadership
- Higher Education Change Leadership
- Systems, Professional, and Reimagined Change (SPARC) Leadership
Through Leader-Scholar Communities (LSCs) students support each other, under faculty guidance, in the conceptualization, implementation, and study of change initiatives. The culminating requirement is an action-research dissertation.
The online program admits students two times a year in the spring, and fall semesters.
Award-winning, fastest rising top-tier college of education in the country:
- Award-winning, fastest rising top-tier college of education in the country
- In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate education program 14th in the country
- Mary Lou Fulton undergraduate students have a 92.5% employability after graduation
- In the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College placed 11th among the best graduate colleges of education, public and private, in the nation - #4 college among public universities