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Master of Science in Education - Teacher Education - Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leader Online

Enhance student success and advance the teaching profession as a Teacher Leader.

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Program Overview

$12,450* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
$12,450* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

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Hone your teaching abilities and gain deepen your leadership expertise with an M.S. Ed. Teacher Education – C&I – Teacher Leader online degree from YSU. In as few as 12 months, you can fulfill the requirements to obtain the Lead Professional Educators License, recognized by the Ohio Department of Education as the most prestigious licensing credential a teacher can achieve in Ohio. This is the only education program of this type aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Standards.

Designed for working educators, this master's in curriculum and instruction was created by Dr. Christopher Basich, a distinguished faculty member at YSU. Youngstown is at the forefront of the Teacher Leader Endorsement statewide effort, and Dr. Basich was on the founding committee that developed the Ohio Teacher Leader Framework.

To promote professional growth, real-world field experience is embedded within each course. Course hours count toward continuing education units in Ohio.

Upon completion of this master's in curriculum and instruction online, you will possess the knowledge and skills for higher level positions such as teacher leader, district leader, or state leader in teacher education, policies, and requirements for the Ohio Department of Education.

In this master's degree in curriculum and instruction, you will learn to:

  • Promote an inclusive, equitable, and collaborative culture among staff members
  • Implement evidence-based strategies and research to improve practice and student learning
  • Facilitate professional learning by using adult learning principles
  • Employ evidence-based leadership practices to drive school improvement initiatives
  • Make effective data-based decisions which lead to school improvement

Earning the Teacher Leader Endorsement fulfills one of the criteria in pursuing the Lead Professional Educator License, the highest level of licensure for Ohio teachers.

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YSU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition.

$415* Per Credit Hour
$12,450* Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

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Additional Fees

Application: $45 (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YSU's Federal School Code is 003145.

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Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
One University Plaza
Meshel Hall, 203
Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659


At YSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

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YSU's online master's degree programs in curriculum and instruction have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

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GPA icon Minimum 2.5 GPA
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  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $45 application fee ($90 International). Waived for active/veteran military members or for applicants who have attended the College of Graduate Studies in the past.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references (in online application)
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Valid teaching certificate

Transcripts must be mailed from the granting institution or sent electronically through a secured server vendor.

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Youngstown, OH 44555

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For the Master of Science in Education – Teacher Education – Curriculum and Instruction – Teacher Leader online, you are required to take 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

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TCED 6933: Brain Based Teaching and Learning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A critical appraisal of dealing with learning and teaching. Each learner constructs his/her brain as learning occurs. Teachers reconsider their practices in light of the science of learning research provided by education, neuroscience and socio-psychology.

TCED 6905: Intro to Digital Teaching and Learning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Digital teaching and learning is much more than knowing some great apps for the smart board or iPad. It is understanding a new paradigm that promotes a new pedagogy. It takes educators beyond the formal traditional classroom of lecture and paper/pencil into an interactive, student-centered environment. This course will introduce students to the paradigm of digital teaching and learning and provide the framework and foundation for change within districts and classrooms to meet 21st-century learning.

TCED 6932: Action Research in Urban and Rural Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on action research as it applies to urban and rural education. Topics include reflecting to identify a problem, reviewing literature, planning and implementing interventions, data collection and analysis strategies, and sharing outcomes with others. Course may be offered onsite, online or as a combination of both. Field experience in an appropriate educational setting is required.

TCED 6936: Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction to Improve Learning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focus on the instructional design process from a practical perspective. Emphasis on planning the curriculum to include content analysis, learning objectives, instructional strategies and measurement of student achievement.

EDAD 6901: Instructional Leadership Beyond the Classroom

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Teacher leaders will lead both from within their own classrooms and beyond; therefore, it will be important to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills that will assist them in any leadership situation that they may face. Candidates will be introduced to the theory and practice of teacher leadership in order to assist in building teacher commitment, teacher efficacy, teaching competence, and instructional practices. There will be an additional emphasis on developing teacher leaders, specifically in the areas of adult learning principles, reflective practice, and professional learning communities. Candidates will be introduced to the importance of self-directed teacher professional development, taking on leadership roles at school, district, state, and national levels, as well as learning how to lead in both formal and informal ways. 15 hours of field experience will be required.

EDAD 6903: Building Capacity of Adult Learners

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Learning is an extended, intricate, and lifelong process. Adult learners have a unique way of learning, one that varies from learning done in primary grades. As such, teacher leaders will need to have strong command of adult learning principles to effectively collaborate with others and to assist adults in their own professional development. A study of current theories and research in the areas of social cognition, human development, interpersonal relationships, group processes, and motivation will assist candidates in meeting the needs of the adults that they will work with. This course will be particularly helpful to those who mentor others, lead professional development sessions, serve on building or district leadership teams, and participate in professional learning communities. 15 hours of field experience will be required.

EDAD 6905: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Educational leaders must practice professional, ethical values of equity, integrity, honesty, fairness, and dignity. The purpose of this course is to build candidate knowledge and skills in the area of culturally responsive leadership. Candidates will develop the ability to promote collaboration with faculty, administration, families, and community members and partners. This course will help candidates lead in culturally competent ways in order to make necessary changes in curriculum, culture, and school policies and practices. Additionally, candidates will learn how to assist others in providing individual learning opportunities for students where diverse perspectives are welcomed in addressing challenges. 15 hours of field experience will be required.

EDAD 6906: Data Coaching and Decision-Making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Educators must learn how to collect, analyze, use, and communicate the wide array of student assessment data available in their schools to improve teaching and learning. This course prepares educators to use data to catalyze and support improvement in K-12 schools. The purpose of this course is to provide opportunity for educators to learn the nature of multiple data sources to identify improvement needs, to conduct descriptive analysis, to monitor and correct progress, and to demonstrate success to stakeholders. Educators in this course will have authentic experiences to lead collaborative analysis of a wide range of data sources – including annual standardized tests, school demographic data or schooling process, perceptions and learning outcomes of students– and facilitate productive conversations about how to act on what they learn from this analysis. This course centers around working on data-driven decision making as a cyclical process and has a significant practicum component, as the work in the course is based on each educator’s unique decision-making situations. Educators in this class are expected to use technology to create tables and graphs to communicate data results effectively to a wide range of audiences. 15 hours of field experience will be required.

EDAD 6933: Educational Policy, Politics, and Change

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Significant theories, research, and professional practices in the leadership of schools and school systems. Detailed analysis of primary sources and application of sources to reflection on issues and problems of administrative practice. This course reviews the main research, theories, and practices that have been proven to facilitate effective organizational leadership. Change theory and processes will be studied to acquire knowledge and skills related to develop, implement and evaluate a continuous, responsive, sustainable, data-based school improvement process to achieve the mission of the school.

EDAD 6954: Educational Marketing and Community Relationships

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Leadership skills that build community support and recognize the value of message delivery to targeted audiences in the community will be related to collaborative partnerships with the school, families, and community. skills to establish strong systems for communicating with their various school constituencies and to improve public relations at all levels. Teaches the ways in which administrators and school leaders can effectively engage and enlist partnerships with teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members.

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