The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) with emphasis in Teacher Leadership in the Schools option supports already certified beginning teachers and experienced educators in developing a sound common grounding in aspects of teaching, inquiry. The program emphasizes advanced professional development studies, which supports experienced teachers as accomplished professionals and instructional leaders. 

Specific Program Option Goals 

  1. Support teachers’ integration of studies of subject matter, pedagogy, research and theory to build on their individual strengths and needs in relation to a vision of accomplished practice (e.g., National Board for Professional Teacher Standards) and to be responsive to school contexts; 
  2. Promote teachers’ abilities to engage in the careful analysis of and reflection on their own and others’ teaching as a basis for continuing growth as a professional, 
  3. Develop teachers’ knowledge, abilities, and dispositions to engage in inquiry into curriculum, teaching, and students’ learning as a basis for sound decision-making in the classroom and for leadership roles in schools. 
  4. Enhance teachers’ understanding of topics and issues on practices and policies that support effective classroom practice, including courses that focus on student learning, assessment, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and/or technology 

Program Flexibility

This M.Ed. program is specifically designed to accommodate the academic teaching schedules of educators by offering flexibility for

  • Completion in two to five years, depending upon the course load each semester 

  • Candidates to conduct independent action research in their own instructional settings/ classrooms 

  • Scheduling courses after school hours and in 3 to 6 week summer sessions 

  • Programs that are individually designed according to the needs and interests of each student.  

For more information visit the graduate admission requirements webpage. Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines. If you are unsure of your area of interest you may request information by submitting an "Inquiry Form."

Please refer to the Guide to Applying  for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions. International applicants, please visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact Kay Moon, TLPL Graduate Coordinator, at (301) 405-3118 or kmoon@umd.edu

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact Kay Moon, the TLPL Graduate Coordinator, at (301) 405-3118 or tlpl-admissions@umd.edu.

For program-specific questions contact Dr. Margaret Sullivan Marcus at mmarcus@umd.edu.

Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Merit-Based Assistance and Need-Based Assistance  
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
    • Graduate Assistantships 

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid 

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The University's Scholarships webpage, and 

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobson’s online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact  Kay Moon, TLPL Graduate Coordinator, at (301) 405-3118 or kmoon@umd.edu

For program-specific questions, prospective students may contact one the World Languages, non-certification, program coordinator Dr. Margaret Sullivan Marcus at mmarcus@umd.edu.