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School of Education - George Mason University
Mason’s Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) teacher leadership concentration provides advanced professional development for teachers who are passionate about teaching and want to lead from, but not leave, their classrooms.

The educational leadership course work in this concentration prepares teachers as leaders in their classrooms, teams, departments, programs, and schools. It helps develop teacher-leaders who understand the organizational complexity of schools, the dynamics of teacher learning and change, and how to use data to reveal greater learning opportunities for both students and teachers within their schools.

How Does a Teacher Leadership Concentration Differ from Other Leadership Tracks?

This concentration provides advanced professional development in teacher leadership for teachers who are passionate about teaching and want to lead colleagues from inside their classrooms, and not leave their classrooms for administrative roles.

Who Should Apply?

Designed for those with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally, students will gain leadership skills along with the advantages of a master’s degree, which could include increased pay and the opportunity to be an instructional and curricular leader in your school.

Educators holding a bachelor's degree with or without a master's degree may apply for the full master's degree program, which includes 12 credits of core education courses and 18 credits of leadership courses. This is not a licensure program. If you are interested in pursuing the Administration and Supervision Endorsement, please view our Education Leadership program instead.

Can I Use Graduate Credits from Other Universities to Reduce my Course Load?

Possibly! University policy allows for up to 12 credits (depending on the program) that have not been previously used to complete a degree to be transferred from another accredited graduate program. Consultation with an ASTL advisor is necessary to determine if and which courses may be acceptable to a specific concentration. The literacy: K-12 reading specialist concentration does not allow for substitutions. Substitutions cannot be made for the five core courses of the ASTL program (EDUC 612, EDUC 613, EDUC 614, EDUC 606, EDUC 615). Course work that is older than six years will not be accepted, even if the courses were taken at Mason.