Teacher Leader Pathway

Educational Leadership

Teacher Leader Pathway (Online)

We are currently recruiting classroom teachers from Indiana for an initial cohort to begin in Summer 2023. Please email educlead@iu.edu for further details and to check your eligibility.

The Teacher Leader Pathway is a unique, fully online professional growth opportunity for classroom teachers seeking to acquire leadership skills or to expand their impact on schools and districts. The entire program consists of three courses arranged by learning modules that last approximately five weeks each. Throughout each module, you’ll hear from practitioners, leaders, and scholars who share their knowledge and skills with you. Upon completion of each course, you’ll be eligible to receive an electronic badge, certificate, and professional learning hours.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Teacher Leader Pathway, you will:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of teacher leaders
  • Explore how teacher leaders work collaboratively to improve learning and teaching
  • Understand what teacher leaders do to improve equity for all students.
  • Acquire leadership skills and knowledge. 

Module Topics

The topics you will cover include:

  • Teachers as Leaders
  • The Habits of an Improver
  • Managing Resistance to Change
  • Setting an Instructional Vision
  • Supporting a Professional Learning Community
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Coaching Improvement
  • Walkthroughs and Instructional Rounds
  • Reviewing Student Work
  • Redefining Equity
  • Undestanding Continuous School Improvement and PDSA Cycles
  • Identifying Improvement Goals

About the Instructors

Each course is taught by an accomplished K-12 educator who has firsthand knowledge and deep experience working with learning and teaching.


Each course lasts approximately 15 weeks and each module takes approximately 5 weeks to complete.


Each course could be worth 3 credits in the MSED in Educational Leadership (Online) provided the student completes all requirements of the Teacher Leader Pathway, is successfully admitted to the MSED program, and meets all academic requirements specified by the School of Education.


The Teacher Leader Pathway appeals to classroom teachers and educational administrators in public and private school settings. 

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