The TLC masters degree with a Specialization in Instructional Leadership prepares you for current and emerging non-supervisory teacher leadership positions within your school or district. You will learn about and practice the complex work of instructional leadership, which includes coaching and mentoring colleagues, leading data-driven assessment of student learning, supporting professional learning communities, exploring educational policy as it relates to the classroom, and advocating on behalf of equitable educational experiences for all students. Throughout your time in the masters program, you will develop strong competencies for working with classroom teachers and other school or district-based instructional leaders.

Examples of teacher leadership roles (both formal and informal) include:

  • Instructional coach (literacy, math, etc.)
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Literacy or math specialist
  • Data coach or assessment coordinator
  • School leadership team member
  • Educational consultant
  • Professional development coordinator
  • Grade level or department leader
  • PLC leader
  • New teacher mentor
  • Early childhood program director
  • On-time graduation specialist

Administrators are eager to identify and collaborate with teachers prepared to lead classroom-focused instructional work among their peers. According to Washington state educational leaders, qualified instructional teacher leaders are necessary for the state's drive to help every child learn and grow.

Even if you already have a master's degree, our sources indicate that the additional 45 hours could entitle you to a salary increase. Check with your district to find out.

Please note that this degree is not intended for teachers who want to become certified school or district administrators. You should check with the University of Washington Danforth Educational Leadership Program, or the University of Washington Leadership for Learning Program or TEP if you are interested in an administrative preparation program.

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