Master of Science in Teacher Leadership


The online Master of Science in Teacher Leadership degree program was developed to provide professional educators with the necessary skills in order to become exemplary teachers and instructional leaders in both private and public schools. The design of the MSTL online program is focused on meeting the needs of those students who are looking to develop the skills and knowledge essential to becoming effective educational leaders.

While in the program, candidates learn about their leadership styles and how to leverage cutting edge educational leadership with confidence in their classrooms and communities. The goal of the program is to equip teaching professionals and leaders to be able to teach in an inclusive classroom setting. The MSTL program helps teaching professional to understand and execute instructional skills as they assume leadership roles in their respective schools/districts. Participants of the program will receive the Teacher Leader endorsement.

A key feature of the MSTL program is the ability to integrate theory, research and practice of what is learned immediately in the classroom. This allows teachers to learn and practice research within their own classrooms and discuss with their peers in the program.

MSTL Courses
Brescia’s MSTL is a 35 credit-hour degree, which requires the following seven core courses:

  • EDL 500 Introduction to Teacher Leadership
  • EDL 570 Master Teacher
  • EDL 580 Education Research Methods
  • EDL 630 Interactions of Classroom Management and Instruction
  • EDL 640 Assessment for Students’ Learning
  • EDL 650 Effective Practices for Coaching and Mentoring
  • EDL 671 Action Research

Twelve more credits are required for electives. Students may choose from the following:

  • EDL 530 Technology for Teacher Leaders
  • EDL 550 Social Issues in Education
  • EDL 590 Literature in Middle and High School Classrooms
  • EDL 591 Introduction to Literacy Coaching in Middle and High Schools
  • EDL 600 Leadership Seminar
  • EDL 620 Ethical Issues in Education and Research
  • EDL 655 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in the Curriculum
  • BIO 501 Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIO 501L Population and Community Ecology
  • MTH 513 Mathematical Models and Methods

MSTL Degree Completion Requirements
In order for a student to graduate from Brescia University with an MSTL, they must:

  • Earn 35 semester hours of credit and fulfill all course requirements within a maximum time limit of six years of matriculation; Complete all course work with a grade point average of 3.0 (B); and
  • Apply for candidacy after completing the first semester.
  • For additional information, please contact Terri Higdon, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 1-877-BRESCIA, 270-686-4240 or by e-mail at

MSTL Admissions
Any student who holds a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a regionally accredited college or university may apply for admission to the MSTL program.

  1. Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:
  2. Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale;
  3. Letters of reference from two (2) educational professionals (to be mailed in or submitted electronically);
  4. Professional resume; and
  5. Satisfactory interview
  6. EITHER Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), minimum score of 400 on each of the three general sections [for any score below 400, the student may write a letter qualifying their admission] OR PRAXIS II passing score in applicant’s subject area(s) OR where appropriate, passing scores on the NTE will be considered equivalent to passing scores on PRAXIS II Specialty Tests

Each MSTL applicant must submit the following to the Brescia University Admissions Office:

  1. A completed MSTL application (It is free to apply online!);
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended; all undergraduate and graduate course work completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (;
  3. A transcript showing a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above for the undergraduate degree;
  4. An official test score report on EITHER the GRE General Test [taken within the last five years] OR the PRAXIS II Specialty Test(s);
  5. Two letters of reference from educational professionals; and
  6. A professional resume

The application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee upon receipt of all required materials. An applicant who meets the above criteria may be accepted unconditionally into the degree program.
Applicants failing to meet the minimum admissions requirements will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee and the Director of the MSTL Program, who may recommend one of the following:

  1. Grant admission as a regular MSTL student;
  2. Grant admission as a non-degree student (refer to non-matriculated student section of catalog); or
  3. Deny admission.

Credit Hours Required: 35 credit hours.

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