Program Requirements

Degree requirements

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 approved graduate hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.

  1. Students must complete the four courses listed in the Professional Learning Community section of the degree with a minimum overall GPA of 3.50.  No transfer credits are accepted for these courses.
  2. No more than 17 hours of 600-level coursework may be applied to the degree program.
  3. Comprehensive Examination.  A comprehensive written or oral examination must be passed by all students who have not previously passed the comprehensive examination for the MATL degree.  In addition, students will be required to present an acceptable oral review of their field of study.
  4. Research.  Completion of SFR 890, Field Research and Evaluation.  Students will write a seminar paper or thesis that may build on an deepen previous research projects, or they will select a new area for research and writing.  Students will present their final research to a committee that will include selected MSU faculty members and school administrators.  In addition, they will either present at a conference (University, state, regional or national) or produce a paper MSU faculty would deem publishable.
  5. Transfer credit.  A maximum of 30% of the 36 hours of graduate credit may be accepted toward the master's degree.  All transfer credit must be "A" or "B" grade status from an accredited college or university and must be approved by the Program Coordinator.  Please note one exception to the transfer credit rule:  no transfer credits are accepted for the first four core courses.
  6. All 36 hours of coursework for the degree must be completed within a period of 8 years.

Course Requirements   36 hours

Required Professional Learning Community Courses - 18 hours (No transfer courses allowed)
First Year (On-Site, cohort based)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
EDC 800 Teacher Leadership I:  Contemporary Educational Problems 5 hrs
EDC 801 Teacher Leadership II:  Diversity and Curriculum Design 5 hrs
Second Year (On-Site, cohort based)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
EDC 802 Teacher Leadership III:  Building Classroom Climate & Effective Student Assessments 5 hrs
EDC 803 Teacher Leadership IV:  Curriculum Theory 3 hrs


Administrative Leadership Area Course - 3 hrs
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
EAD 751

Foundational Of Educational Leadership (OR other EAD course as approved by the Program Coordinator

3 hrs
Additional Required Course - 3 hrs
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
SFR 890 Field Research and Evaluation 3 hrs
Emphasis/Elective Area - 12 hours

Students will, in consultation with the Program Coordinator, choose an Emphasis Area or series of elective courses that are meant to broaden their leadership understanding.  The following Emphasis Areas are proposed:

Secondary Education:  Candidate's area of certification/teaching.
Educational Technology:  Choose from among EDT 630, 650, 662, 763, 764, 765.
Literacy:  Choose from among RDG 640, 660, 673, 680, 685, 700, 710, 740, 770.
Elementary Education:  to be determined.
Early Childhood and Family Education:  to be determined.
Educational Leadership:  to be determined.
Special Education:  to be determined.
Counseling:  to be determined.
Middle School Education:  to be determined.
Educational Research:  to be determined.
Educational Foundations:  Choose from among SEC 701, SFR 676, 682, 750, 753, 791. 796, 858. 

Other electives may be added at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

Accelerated Pathway

Students may take an "Accelerated Pathway" to obtain the Specialist in Education, Teacher Leadership (SETL) degree.  Students can acquire both a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (MATL) and the Specialist in Education, Teacher Leadership (SETL) degree in an accelerated program.  Students interested in this Accelerated Pathway should contact the Program Coordinator to make sure they qualify and take the right courses.  Students in the Accelerated Pathway can count up to nine (9) credit hours taken as part of the MATL degree from within the "Emphasis Area" toward the Specialist degree's "Elective Area" credit hour requirements.  Please note:  This Accelerated Pathway to the SETL degree does not prepare (or certify) teachers to work as a building principal.

To be considered for the Accelerated Pathway, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in at least 16 credit hours of graduate level coursework in an education-related field.  Students will be officially admitted to the SETL degree only upon their completion of the MATL degree.  All other requirements for admission to the SETL degree, as described above, must also be met.

Total credit hours required for the Accelerated Pathway to the SETL degree is 60 hours. 

Students who have previously completed the MATL degree - and who later decide they want the SETL degree - must apply for the SETL degree.