Graduate School of Education

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

Program Overview

After completing the requirements for the California Preliminary Teaching Credential, candidates may be eligible to pursue the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership. The remaining courses guide students in deeper reflection on their own practice as they make stronger connections between theory and practice and conduct classroom-based research. The course of study leading to the M.Ed. includes 24 units from credential course work taken at the post-baccalaureate level (see above) and the following:

  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Educational Research Design and Methodology
  • Thesis

Credential graduates from other universities may transfer some of their credential courses into this program as well, but their requirements will differ.

The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership program prepares teaching professionals who want to expand their knowledge and take on critical leadership roles that contribute to student and school success. The program is designed to provide the option of choosing an existing specialization or working with an academic advisor to create a program that addresses your unique needs.

There are two pathways to entering this program. The first is through the combined credential/master's program completed entirely through California Lutheran University. The second option is available to those who have completed their credential course work at other institutions.

Program Highlights

A key feature of this program is the integration of theory, research, and practice. The course work can be completed while students continue to teach full time. Much of what is learned is immediately applicable to classroom settings as teachers investigate problems of practice and conduct action research in their own classrooms. A limited amount of credential course work may be transferred from other institutions.

Option. 1 M.Ed. for CLU Graduate-level Credential Candidates

After completing the requirements for the California Preliminary Teaching Credential, candidates may be eligible to pursue the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership. Candidates are expected to complete the final part of the program after they begin their teaching careers. The course of study leading to the M.Ed. includes twenty-four (24) units from credential course work taken at the post-baccalaureate level at California Lutheran University and the following courses:

MUST be taken in sequence:

  • EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)
  • EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology (3 units)
  • EDGN 599 Thesis Research (3 units)

Option 2. M.Ed. for CLU Undergraduate Credential Students

In addition to the three courses listed in Option 1, CLU students who took 500 level courses as part of their undergraduate work for the bachelor’s degree cannot count the courses a second time towards a master’s degree.  These students will need additional units to satisfy master's degree requirements. These units may be selected from any of the electives listed under the "Specializations" tab.

Option 3. Stand Alone M.Ed. Degree

This program is for all teachers who earned their credential at another institution or are private school teachers who do not hold a credential.  The program consists of thirty-six (36) units of coursework chosen with an academic advisor to meet each candidate’s individual needs.  The three courses listed below are required. No more than six (6) units of graduate level course work may be transferred into the program from another institution.  A course syllabus may be needed to evaluate whether the course is equivalent to the California Lutheran University Required Research Courses (taken in sequence)

  • EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)
  • EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology (3 units)
  • EDGN 599 Thesis Research (3 units)

Reading Certificate Added Authorization

This option is designed to assist the teacher in developing additional expertise in the teaching of reading and provides eligibility for the Reading Certificate Added Authorization offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

This program is being redesigned and will not be offered during the 2012-2013 school year.

Technology Emphasis

  • EDTE 522 Technology Information Systems for Educators (3 units)
  • EDTE 524 Media and Technology in the Classroom (3 units)
  • EDTE 526 Educational Technology for Teachers (3 units)
  • EDTE 528 Software for Educators (3 units)

Courses

EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)

A core course designed to introduce educational practitioners to educational research. Through an examination of the nature of research, ethical and philosophical principles, types of research, and characteristics of data students will explore quantitative and qualitative methods of designing and conducting research in the context of educational settings.

EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology (3 units)

Drawing from qualitative, quantitative, and combined applications of research this core course is designed to guide students through a systematic study of the interrelated activities embedded in the development of an action research project.  Constructing a problem statement and research question will guide the preparation of a literature review and methodological plan. Candidates will also submit an Application to Use Human Participants in Research to the Institutional Review Board. All work in this course will lead to the writing of a masters thesis. Pre-requisite: EDGN 509

EDGN 599 Thesis Research (3 units)

Building upon the literature and methodological plan developed during EDGN 510, this class supports the implementation, analysis, and presentation of a research thesis.

Currently Accepting Applications

Admission Requirements

Other Requirements

For those students who have completed their teaching credential program at CLU and now want to readmit to the masters in Ed program, please print out and fill out the application form.

Mail, fax or scan to:
California Lutheran University
Graduate Admission Office
60 W. Olsen Road #4150
Thousand Oaks, Ca. 91360

Fax 805.493.3608
Scan and email to: clugrad@callutheran.edu

Application Process

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Interested individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a Graduate Admission Counselor to review specific program information, admission requirements, start terms, deadline dates, and review financial aid options.

Please call (805) 493-3325 to schedule an appointment with a Graduate Admission Counselor or to request information.

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