Teacher Leadership

Welcome to UAB where experienced teachers become dynamic leaders and effective change agents through an Educational Specialist (EdS) program in Teacher Leadership. By pursuing this EdS degree, teachers become prepared to serve as professional development facilitators, instructional coaches, lead teachers, department chairs, curriculum coordinators, and program area specialists. This new Teacher Leader Program differs from the already-existing Instructional Leadership Program in that the Teacher Leader program does not lead to employment as an assistant principal, principal, or superintendent.

The EdS program in Teacher Leadership provides teachers with an avenue for career enhancement and advancement. Through this program's standards-based approach, teachers learn state-of-the-art instructional strategies for meeting the evolving needs of diverse learners within today's rapidly changing society. They acquire collaborative skills to serve as reflective practitioners in guiding school change and effectiveness. They also learn mentoring techniques for positively impacting student achievement and school improvement.

At UAB, the Teacher Leader program was designed with an executive delivery model. As such, it is accessible to teachers who live at a distance from UAB and also to those who prefer to take courses in non-traditional delivery formats. Courses are delivered through blended instruction (face-to-face alternating with online) and totally online platforms as well as through professional learning communities.

UAB's 30-hour program contains six 5-hour modules. Each of these modules consists of a 3-hour content course, a 1-hour research course (R), and a 1-hour field experience course (L). Teachers concentrate on one academic focus per term by taking one module at a time. Moreover, by enrolling in 5 graduate credit hours per term, they are eligible for financial aid during each of the program's 6 semesters.

The EdS Teacher Leader program has a rolling admission, and students can start any semester. Its 6-semester rotation of courses is as follows:



Course Title

Fall   EDC 731-R-L Curricular Design and Implementation
Spring   ECT 720-R-L Universal Design for Learning
Summer   EPR 700-R-L Data-Based Decision Making
Fall EDC 732-R-L  Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction
Spring  EDL 711-R-L  Collaborative Problem Solving
Summer EDL 735-R-L  Professional Leadership

If you wish to pursue an EdS in Teacher Leadership through an innovative inquiry-based approach, you have come to the right place! We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you reach your goal.

Susan Spezzini, Ph.D.,
Program Director and Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
spezzini@uab.edu (205)934-8357 www.uab.edu/esl