Contact: Camille Carskadon
STARKVILLE, Mississippi â€” Magnolia State teachers pursuing a higher education degree now have the option to add a new endorsement to their degree at Mississippi State University.
The Mississippi Department of Education has approved teacher leadership approval for two Department of Education degrees: the Master of Science in Educational Leadership and the Educational Education Specialist.
Leigh Ann McMullan, Assistant Clinical Professor and Teacher Leadership Program Coordinator, explained that approval means a lot to the program which will give graduates an edge in classroom leadership.
â€œDuring our teacher leadership program, applicants are equipped with current instructional strategies, encouraged to take leadership positions in their schools and districts, and provided networking opportunities across the state,â€ said McMullan.
She said teacher leadership programs had started to help tackle the Mississippi teacher shortage and keep Mississippi’s best teachers in classrooms instead of moving to higher paying administrative jobs or completely leave the field of education.
â€œI saw our program empower teachers and equip them with the skills to take leadership positions while staying in the classroom,â€ McMullan said. â€œA lot of times we hear about teachers who don’t necessarily want to leave their classroom but feel called to do more. It is the teachers who will benefit from MSU’s Teacher Leadership Program, and this new endorsement only enhances the credibility of the program.
She said the program complements the National Board Teacher Certification, a process designed to develop and retain teachers, and also generate continuous improvement in schools across the country.
â€œOur Teacher Leadership Program partners with MSU’s world-class teaching program to provide support to applicants if they are interested in pursuing national counseling. Amy Waldrop, Program Director, presents information during our classes for those who wish to pursue both national counseling and our graduate degree, â€said McMullan.
Graduates will be employable in a myriad of professional positions, such as instructional coaches, head teachers, coordinators and directors.
For more information, contact McMullan at 662-325-7110 or [email protected].
Founded in 1903, MSU’s College of Education is home to six academic departments, a research unit, and numerous service units. To learn more about the college, visit www.educ.msstate.edu.
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