The Master of Science degree in Applied Leadership for Teaching & Learning is a standards-based advanced degree program designed to give educators the opportunity to work within a community of learners.
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This degree is the first in Wisconsin to incorporate the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and has been praised by the Governor as a worthy initiative to help WI teachers obtain NBPTS certification and quality professional development. This program has gained national attention as an exemplary, advanced degree program. The State of Wisconsin offers financial assistance to reward teachers who obtain certification via the rigorous NBPTS criteria.
The two-year, 30-credit program fosters each teacher's ability to provide leadership in the improvement of student learning; prepares the teacher to design, implement, reflect upon and evaluate school-based and learner-focused research; and integrates classroom experiences into the course of study.
- are committed to students and their learning.
- know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
- are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
- are members of learning communities.
- think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
- understand system theory and how to initiate and sustain meaningful change.
- are knowledgeable about historical and contemporary educational reform efforts.