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 will be granted 30 credit hours toward the 90 credit hours required for this program from their conferred master's degree official transcript. 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.
Innovation with Purpose
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the innovation capabilities of individual educators, schools and organizations, districts, and communities. We know educators are the start-up engines of individual minds and society.