Teacher Leader

Teacher Leader - Education Specialist

About the Teacher Leader Program

Do you want to be a leader in your school but you do not desire the administrative duties? If so, Teacher Leader is the pathway for you. Teacher Leader focuses on curriculum, mentorship, professional development, parent involvement, instructional coaching, and effective collaboration all with a goal of student achievement. 

The Teacher Leadership program is designed for certified teachers who are seeking advanced certification (Class AA) and an educational specialist degree.  The program is open to teachers in grades P-12 and all subject areas. Troy University serves a very diverse candidate population with one curriculum   cooperatively developed by the University’s P-12 partners and faculty. It is possible to complete the program in one year. 

What are the characteristics of a Teacher Leader? The qualities demonstrated by teacher leaders, such as winsome human relations, integrity, commitment, strong communication skills, expertise, courage, discernment, focus, generosity, initiative, passion, positive attitude, problem-solving abilities, and responsibility align consistently with those identified by Maxwell (1999).

Teacher Leader Toolkit 2.0 -Developed by Center of Great Teachers and Leaders at American Institute for Research 

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“As a first year instructional coach, the Teacher Leader program not only prepared me to be a teacher leader at my school, but also as a leader among other coaches in my area. I was ready to get to work on day one and make a difference in the lives of our students.”

Shannon Cook  |  Instructional Coach, Dothan City Schools


What Can You Do with a Degree in Teacher Leader?

With this certification, you will bring valuable new skills to your school and be prepared to:

  • Serve as an instructional coach
  • Serve on committees, task forces, etc.Serve as a department or grade level chair
  • Serve on school leadership teams
  • Develop curriculum
  • Develop/deliver professional development activities
  • Develop school improvement initiatives
  • Help create school improvements by collecting and analyzing assessment data
  • Mentor new teachers/train faculty and staff

Teacher Leader Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, coursework may include but is not limited to:

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Program Locations

  • TROY Online
  • Dothan Campus
  • Phenix City Campus


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