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Master of Science in Teacher Leadership

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The Master of Science in Teacher Leadership (MSTL) is designed to equip professional educators with the skills necessary to become master teachers and instructional leaders in public and private schools. The MSTL program is designed to meet the needs of students seeking to develop the knowledge and skills essential to becoming effective K-12 educational leaders.


MSTL Admission

Any student who holds a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a regionally accredited college or university may apply for admission to the MSTL program.

Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

  1. Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale;
  2. Letters of reference from two (2) educational professionals (to be mailed in or submitted electronically);
  3. EITHER Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), minimum score of 400 on each of the three general sections [for any score below 400, the student may write a letter qualifying their admission]
    • OR PRAXIS II passing score in applicant’s subject area(s)
    • OR where appropriate, passing scores on the NTE will be considered equivalent to passing scores on PRAXIS II Specialty Tests;
  4. Professional resume; and
  5. Satisfactory interview

Each MSTL applicant must submit the following to the Brescia University Admissions Office:

  1. A completed MSTL application (It is free to apply online!);
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended; all undergraduate and graduate course work completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (;
  3. A transcript showing a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above for the undergraduate degree;
  4. An official test score report on EITHER the GRE General Test [taken within the last five years] OR the PRAXIS II Specialty Test(s);
  5. Two letters of reference from educational professionals; and
  6. A professional resume

The application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee upon receipt of all required materials. An applicant who meets the above criteria may be accepted unconditionally into the degree program.

Applicants failing to meet the minimum admissions requirements will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee and the Director of the MSTL Program, who may recommend one of the following:

  1. Grant admission as a regular MSTL student;
  2. Grant admission as a non-degree student (refer to non-matriculated student section of catalog); or
  3. Deny admission.

Credit Hours Required: 35 credit hours.


MSTL Courses

Brescia’s MSTL is a 35 credit-hour degree which requires the following seven core courses:

  • EDL 500    Introduction to Teacher Leadership
  • EDL 570     Master Teacher
  • EDL 580     Education Research Methods
  • EDL 630     Interactions of Classroom Management and Instruction
  • EDL 640     Assessment for Students’ Learning
  • EDL 650     Effective Practices for Coaching and Mentoring
  • EDL 671     Action Research

Twelve more credits are required for electives. Students may choose from the following:

  • EDL 530     Technology for Teacher Leaders
  • EDL 550     Social Issues in Education
  • EDL 590     Literature in Middle and High School Classrooms
  • EDL 591     Introduction to Literacy Coaching in Middle and High Schools
  • EDL 600     Leadership Seminar
  • EDL 620     Ethical Issues in Education and Research
  • EDL 655     Multicultural and Diversity Issues in the Curriculum
  • BIO 501      Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIO 501L   Population and Community Ecology
  • MTH 513    Mathematical Models and Methods


MSTL Program Structure

In the MSTL program, candidates will learn about their leadership styles, prepare to leverage the latest research to guide their educational decisions, and learn to lead with greater confidence in their classrooms and in their community. The focus of the program is on equipping participants to work with all students in an inclusive classroom setting. The MSTL program is intended to help teachers develop an understanding of and instructional skills in assuming teacher leader roles in their schools/districts. Participants of the program will earn Teacher Leader endorsement.

The Learning Process

A key feature of this program is the integration of theory, research, and practice. Much of what is learned is immediately applicable to classroom settings as teachers investigate problems of practice and conduct action research in their own classrooms.


MSTL Degree Completion Requirements

In order for a student to graduate from Brescia University with an MSTL, they must:

  •  Earn 35 semester hours of credit and fulfill all course requirements within a maximum time limit of six years of matriculation;
  • Complete all course work with a grade point average of 3.0 (B); and
  • Apply for candidacy after completing the first semester.


For additional information, please contact Christy Rohner, Director of Admissions, at 1-877-BRESCIA, 270-686-4243, or by e-mail at [email protected].