The Teacher Leadership Certificate strengthens our ability to fulfill the goals of our teacher education conceptual framework, which focuses on creating educators as leaders for 21st century schools. The College sees the need for classroom teachers to act as change agents and effective collaborators in their schools. Courses in this leadership program enhance our attempts to produce teachers who stand out as leaders in their school buildings and districts.
Other skills for the teacher leader include problem solving, facilitation and deliberation, active listening, research and modeling. Leadership instruction in education has traditionally focused on preparation to be an administrator. Teacher leaders often seek ways to influence teaching and learning without leaving the classroom for administrative roles. These teacher leaders influence others through both formal roles, such as department chair or heads of committees, or through informal roles, such as mentors.
The certificate, developed collaboratively by the McDonough Leadership Program and the Education Department, is for McDonough Scholars who are also pursuing an Education degree at Marietta College as well as all Education majors.