Graduate study in education
Which path is right for you?
As a teacher considering a graduate program, you have several options that may fit your career goals and personal aspirations. This chart will help you compare Grand View's Teacher Leader to choices in advanced teacher education available at other institutions.
The Master of Science in Innovative Leadership is an integrated approach to advanced study that links a core of interdisciplinary courses with a concentration in education. Both theory and practice are emphasized in the program. The goal is for the classroom teacher to remain in the classroom while also assuming leadership roles in the school or district.
The emerging designation of Teacher Leader offers unlimited role possibilities: mentor, department chair, resource provider, instructional coach, classroom supporter, curriculum coordinator, peer assistant, team leader, professional development facilitator, assessment specialist, data consultant, administrative assistant, content leader, project manager, program collaborator, peer leader, committee or task force chair, student teacher coordinator, change catalyst, or community liaison.
Traditional Education Master’s Degrees Offered at Other Universities*
|Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) or Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
||Master of Education
|Master of Arts (M.A.)
or Master of Science (M.S.) in Education
|For those interested in becoming classroom teachers.
||For those interested in becoming better teachers in a specific content area or specialization.
||Whether you earn an M.A. or M.S. is usually determined more by the institution you attend than by the type of degree you pursue.
|The M.A.T or M.S.T degree provides a career pathway into teaching for those who hold a baccalaureate degree in some content area other than education. Those completing this degree become credentialed either as elementary or secondary school teachers.
||The Master of Education degree is often pursued by teachers interested in improving their content knowledge and skill base as classroom practitioners, or by those interested in exploring education or training positions outside of the traditional school setting.
||Either degree allows you to continue as a classroom teacher or to pursue other educational opportunities. The M. A. usually focuses on your knowledge and skills as a practitioner, while the M.S. emphasizes skill development as a scholar/researcher. A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) is often pursued as a culminating career goal for those pursuing the M. S.
|The role of classroom teacher is the focus of this program.
||The roles of education practitioner or master teacher are emphasized.
||The roles of content specialist, school administrator, college/university professor, researcher/scholar, or master teacher are explored.
*These programs are not offered at Grand View.