Master of Education in Teacher Leadership Online

This online degree program is designed to develop instructional leaders who know how to design curricula, implement research-based instructional strategies and effectively motivate students at all grade levels.

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Program Overview

Total Program Cost
as few as 18 months
Program Duration
Credit Hours

Lamar University's M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership online introduces teachers to the design, methodologies and techniques of scientifically based educational research in making informed decisions that positively impact student achievement. This program gives you the tools to understand the strengths and structure of learning communities that develop a culture of change and improvement for student learning through team building and mentoring.

You will learn how to support student learning by building key relationships with school community stakeholders including students, teachers, faculty, parents and the community at large. You will also gain insight into the educational needs of diverse learners including special education students, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students while learning to develop instructional programs to assist, instruct and support these learners. By establishing high expectations for all students and using data to inform curriculum development and instruction, you will learn creative instructional strategies to manage, motivate and engage all types of students at all stages of development and ability levels.

Lamar University's College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
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The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Master of Education in Teacher Leadership. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$10,800 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist .

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.


Our Master of Education in Teacher Leadership online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:12/18/20
Start Class:1/19/21

5 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Fall 210/05/202009/07/202009/28/202011/09/2020
Fall 311/16/202010/19/202011/09/202012/18/2020
Spring I01/19/202112/18/202001/15/202102/22/2021
Spring II03/01/202102/08/202102/25/202104/05/2021
Spring III04/12/202103/22/202104/08/202105/17/2021
Summer I06/01/202105/11/202105/25/202107/06/2021
Summer II07/12/202106/21/202107/08/202108/13/2021

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The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Teaching Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate. Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.

Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's degree will not be admitted.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Department of Teacher Education Admission Requirements

The Department of Educational Leadership requires the following for admission to the department program. Instructions for the department application and reference will be e-mailed to you after your ApplyTexas application is processed. Instructions for submitting the other documents will be e-mailed separately if you are accepted to the program.

  • Teaching Certificate: Valid teaching certificate.** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.
  • Teaching Experience: Two years teaching experience
  • Employment: Employed on a TEA-approved public or private school campus.*** To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.
  • Professional reference from your principal

Out-of-state applicants must determine whether the program will meet their state credentialing requirements by contacting their state’s Dept. of Education.

**Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criteria.

***Not applicable to out of state students unless taking the TExES Principal Exam.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.


Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework as outlined in the following degree plan. The Capstone course is the final course taken and requires that all other courses are successfully completed to enroll. Courses are offered on a rotational basis and not all courses are offered each session. The Capstone course is offered every session.

Note: Lamar University Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transient credit.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces teachers to the design, methodologies, and techniques necessary to understand educational research and to use “scientifically-based research” in making informed decisions which can positively impact student achievement. An emphasis is placed on action research.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a foundation for developing relationships with stakeholders within the school community; students, faculty, parents, and the community at large for the expressed goal of supporting student learning. A fundamental purpose of the course is to understand and implement strategies to develop essential partnerships between schools
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides educators a basic understanding of the strengths and structure of learning communities with a focus on developing a culture of change and improvement for student learning. Special emphasis is given to facilitation skills, team building, and mentoring.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides teachers a foundation to understand the legal, ethical, and policy dimensions of education. Special emphasis is given to the interpretation of case law, Texas Education Code, and federal and state statutes.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course enhances teachers' ability to develop instructional programs to assess, instruct, and support students with diverse learning needs. Special emphasis is given to special education, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course supports teachers as they develop the competencies to utilize formative and summative assessment practices and data to inform and guide curriculum development and instruction. Special emphasis is given to analyzing classroom and school-based assessment results to aid in meeting the needs of diverse learners.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course prepares teachers to establish high expectations for all students and to effectively evaluate and implement theories of motivation and cognitive engagement in classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on different theories of motivation and how classroom, school, work, and social environments shape and influence student motivation.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a synthesis course where students will examine what they have studied and learned through the course of the program and reflect on how this new learning will impact their practices in their classroom and as teacher leaders on their campuses and/or in their districts. This course is presented in five weeks, with each week including readings from current research on the topic, lecture from Lamar University professors, discussion with your colleagues, and an assignment. Throughout the five weeks, you will explore the following topics: teacher leadership, professional portfolios, reflective practice, effective mentoring of novice teachers, and lifelong learning.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course emphasizes innovations in teaching and learning resulting from the Response to Intervention initiative with a focus on differentiation of instruction and instructional strategies for 21st century classrooms.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a study of cognition, learning theories and frameworks, the psychology of learning, and related research that is most significant for the learning and instructional process. Special emphasis is placed on the applications of these principles to support high academic achievement of students.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course emphasizes the foundations of curricular and instructional design and introduces teachers to models of curriculum development. Special attention is given to understanding the role of state curriculum standards and district policies in planning curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course emphasizes creative multimodal strategies to support teachers across disciplines and subjects. Students develop instructional strategies to challenge high performing and gifted and talented students. Special attention is given to creative expression and to authentic student performance-based work, such as project-based learning and inquiry.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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