MEd Curriculum Studies: Teacher Leader

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Teacher Leader K-12 Concentration 

Our work envisions an education system in which teachers fill specialized leadership roles. Teachers in these positions can support and inform school leaders, creating a culture of success that can reverberate across their districts and beyond.
(Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium)

The Teacher Leader Concentration prepares teachers and other educators to lead classroom, school and district improvement through a range of leadership roles. Examples of these roles include grade level chair, resource teacher, peer coach, mentor teacher, and department educational specialist. Teachers learn to collaborate with other educators to ensure all students achieve their maximum potentials!

This completely online program is a collaboration between the Department of Curriculum Studies and the Department of Educational Foundations. The Teacher Leader K-12 concentration consists of 12 MEd CS core credits plus the 18 credits below.

Based on the Teacher Leader Model Standards, graduates may also receive a Teacher Leader Certificate, and they are eligible to add the field, Teacher Leader, to a Hawaiʻi Standard or Advanced Teaching License.

Delivery Options

  • Accommodates candidates who are employed
  • Classes taught online with possible synchronous online sessions, via interactive web-based course delivery (Blackboard Collaborate & Laulima)

It is strongly recommended that computer resources are available in the student’s home or at a location that has consistent/adequate internet service and is free from distractions.

The Teacher Leader program will be completely online, except for an orientation during the first summer and one celebration day in the second summer. Students who are not on Oʻahu will receive up to $200 stipends to cover travel costs for both trips. Non-residents of Hawaiʻi may attend the celebration day online.

The nature of this mostly online program requires a moderate amount of computer literacy and comfort. It also requires self-discipline to maintain the pace of the course between classes. If you are unsure of your comfort in working online or your ability to maintain progress, consult an advisor prior to applying.


  • 2 years of K-12 teaching experience by program start date,
  • Access to groups of students needed to complete some applied projects, and
  • Access to a computer (Windows 7 or later; or Macintosh OSX 10.8 or later; or a current Linux); Office productivity suite software (i.e. MS Office, LibreOffice), printer, and an Internet connection


Cohorts start every Summer. The program will span two academic years, including two summers (i.e., Summer 1, Fall / Spring, Summer 2, Fall / Spring).

Core Coursework (12 Credit Hours)

  • EDCS 606 Introduction to Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3)
  • EDCS 632 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • EDCS 667 Seminar in Curriculum (3)
  • EDCS 695 Plan B Master's Project (3)

Program Specific Coursework (18 Credit Hours)

  • EDCS 622 Curriculum Leadership (3)
  • EDCS 607 New Literacies Leadership (3)
  • EDCS/EDEF 630 Cultural Diversity and Education (3)

Plus, one option from each of the following:

  • EDCS 640 Seminar or EDEF 652 History of Education in Hawai‘i (3)
  • EDEF/EDEA 675 Introduction to Educational Policy Studies or
    EDEF 667C Leadership and Governance in Education (3)
  • EDCS 640 Seminar, EDCS 642 (G) Seminar in Diversity Issues or
    EDEF 649 Field Studies in Educational Foundations (3)
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