Teaching Leadership, MA

Teaching Leadership, MA

The Master of Arts in Teaching Leadership program helps novice and experienced teachers become transformative leaders in their classrooms and school communities. 

MATL candidates obtain an applied degree, which advances knowledge and skills in culturally responsible communication, self-reflexive inquiry, decision-making, and action research.  

Moreover, our innovative, cohort-based program of study prepares teacher leaders to dissolve personal and systemic barriers to social justice and respond bravely to meet the educational needs of diverse student populations. 

We prepare our graduates to have an immediate liberatory impact on teaching and learning in K-12 educational contexts.


To view a list of program application deadlines, click here



Questions? Contact the Program Director, Dr. Monique Lane, at mll5@stmarys-ca.edu


Why an MA in Teaching Leadership?

"Developing close relationships with like professionals and working through the same struggles and solutions was very meaningful to me as I developed my skills as a teacher leader." - MATL Graduate

MATL Graduates

“Reflecting on the year, I realize I have grown professionally as an educator focused on equity and social justice. I began the profession with this goal in mind, but through the years, I have been bogged down with high-stakes testing, standards, and discouraging administrators and colleagues. This program has re-energized me to focus on equity and social justice.” - MATL Graduate

The Master of Arts in Teaching Leadership (MATL) program helps novice and experienced teachers become transformative educational leaders in their classrooms, schools, and communities. In one short year, experienced teachers excavate the personal beliefs that guide their practice, conduct a formal action research study, write a Master’s thesis, and expand their development as teacher leaders committed to educational equity. After completing the Master's Degree, our teacher-scholars are prepared to take a more active role in shaping school curriculum, policies, and culture skillfully within their respective institutions or districts (e.g., Department Chairs, resource providers, instructional specialists, curriculum specialists, and Teachers on Special Assignment).

Additionally, candidates may use graduate academic units earned in our degree program to advance on their district salary scale.



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    Program Duration

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    Sequence of 30 units designed to build skills that are applicable beyond the workplace. This is a program designed to help you grow and succeed.

    Learning Environment

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    A combination of synchronous and asynchronous courses and meetings.

    Average Class Size

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    15-18 learners per cohort. Cohort members in the program form a learning community. Your success starts with connections.

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    Going back to school is a big step - our team is here to help you through it. To find out if our program meets your needs, fill out a quick form to schedule a meeting with an Admissions Counselor!

    Our MA in Teaching Leadership program is designed for:

    • Novice teachers who have completed our 4 course teacher induction sequence (12 units), by May of the application year; and
    • Experienced teachers with three or more years in the classroom. You will form a collaborative community with learners in your cohort who offer peer support and progress, and grow with you throughout the program.