Leadership in Teaching


The Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching program develops leadership skills in team building, decision making, problem solving, communicating effectively, and planning and managing change through a combination of theory and practice. The curriculum explores computer tools available for planning and instruction, instruments for assessment and evaluation, and approaches to curriculum design and course planning. Social, cultural and global dimensions of learning are also emphasized.

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  • Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research: EDU-543 (3 credits)

    Provides an interactive learning environment that will enable students to acquire knowledge, skills and abilities required for the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of educational research. In addition, the course will enable students to cultivate the skills necessary for engaging in their own creative and meaningful research. [ 3 credits ]
  • Global Perspectives in Teaching: EDU-552 (3 credits)

    Encourages an open inquiry into the nature of global education as a means to prepare students for intelligent participation in the contemporary world. Classroom materials and techniques are used to explore global issues, such as hunger, poverty, the environmental crisis, international development and world peace. Integrates content with pedagogy. [ 3 credits ]
  • Technology for Instruction and Management: EDU-556 (3 credits)

    Introduces learners to technology as a tool for classroom instruction and management. Students will be given opportunities in planning, designing and producing projects that meet the instructional needs of students. The projects encompass skills in word processing, video, Web pages, multimedia and other technologies. Students examine online information services and the integration of technology into the curriculum and practice. [ 3 credits ]
  • Leadership Seminar I: EDU-557 (3 credits)

    Analyzes various models of leadership and explores societal and personal assumptions about leadership. Students investigate key elements of effective leadership and raise questions from several cultural viewpoints. Participants will be encouraged to integrate and apply diverse leadership perspectives in order to enhance their leadership abilities and strengthen their capacity to lead as educational professionals. [ 3 credits ]
  • Leadership Seminar II: EDU-559 (3 credits)

    Considers the dynamics of innovation and change in organizations and institutions. Readings and discussions focus on the conceptualization, planning, and management of innovation and change. Seminar participants analyze the theoretical bases of various decision-making and problem-solving strategies and examine specific case studies relevant to change. Students are required to develop an analytical project in which they identify a particular problem and plan an effective strategy. Prerequisite: 21 completed credits, including successful completion of EDU-557. [ 3 credits ]
  • Learning Theory and Practice: EDU-567 (3 credits)

    Evaluates theories of learning from cognitive, physiological and affective perspectives as a basis for effective instructional practice. Research into the theoretical basis for learning and higher level thinking skills is applied to educational planning, implementation, and evaluation. [ 3 credits ]


Required Courses

EDU 543 - Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
EDU 552 - Global Perspectives in Teaching (3)
EDU 556 - Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU 557 - Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU 559 - Leadership Seminar II (3)
EDU 567 - Learning Theory and Practice (3)


Choose six electives from the following areas:

  • Education (including technology and online courses)
  • English
  • History
  • Liberal Arts

Total Credits: 36

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

With award-winning teacher certification programs nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, you can expect to benefit from small class sizes, expert faculty, and practical field experiences.

Flexible Class Schedules

Work with an advisor to develop a personalized program plan: 

  • Courses offered in the evenings at times convenient for working adults.
  • Occasional courses available on Saturdays or online.
  • Study in summer only and complete the program in four consecutive summers.
  • Choose to study at a satellite campus.

Education Careers

Graduates of NDMU are highly recruited for employment; we partner with local school systems to help our students navigate the hiring process.

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