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Teacher Leadership: Digital Technologies and Connected Learning

May 15, 2023

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Improve Teaching and Learning

The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership: Digital Technologies and Connected Learning, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, enables individual teachers to not only teach the students in their classroom, but also to have influence within their school and beyond as coaches, change agents, curriculum developers, and facilitators of job-embedded professional development. Teacher leaders develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and encourage their colleagues to join them on a journey to improve teaching and learning locally and further afield.

Completing this master’s degree will support you in:

  • Creating a network of colleagues who will support your development as a teacher,
  • Developing your knowledge and skills as a teacher leader,
  • Deepening your understanding of teaching and learning using the most up-to-date delivery methods.

This online teacher leadership program, which can be completed in five semesters (including summers), is designed around a series of four core courses and two majors (Elementary Math Specialist and Digital and Connected Learning). Courses will be conducted during summer, fall, and spring sessions, both synchronously and asynchronously.

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Online Asynchronous
Online Synchronous

Start Date

May 15, 2023

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

College of Education and Human Services

Degree Awarded: Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership: Digital Technologies and Connected Learning

Program Details

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Learning is powerful when teachers connect students’ personal interests to real world opportunities.

Curriculum designed using Connected Learning principles focuses on using new digital and networked technologies to expand opportunities for young people. It differs from traditional approaches to technology integration in which technology is viewed as a means toward more efficient and automated forms of education. Instead, Connected Learning puts learner-centered and experiential methods at the center of technology-enhanced learning. More importantly, teachers learn essential connected learning design principles in order to create meaningful learning opportunities and connections with their students, colleagues, and communities.

The program is designed for working professionals with courses offered online in both summer and during the school year. This program is designed for use by educators in a variety of both formal and informal educational contexts. Courses during the school year are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate the work schedules of professional.

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Admission into the Digital and Connected Learning major is based on the academic accomplishments of the applicant and well as the alignment of the applicant’s goals with the goals of the program. Students are selected based on their fulfillment of the specific admissions requirements listed below and the overall strength of their application.

Application requirements:

  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three official letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s potential as a teacher leader in Digital and Connected Learning.
  • Submission of an official goal statement related to the program, including professional goals and interest in this specific program.
  • Professional vita.

Applications will be due by April 15 the semester prior to program entrance, although candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates will be admitted for a summer start only.

Applicants will be reviewed by a committee of department faculty using a standardized review rubric in which the reviewer will assess the candidate based on: 1) the applicant’s fulfillment of the required admittance criteria; 2) the applicant’s fit with the program’s goals; and 3) the applicant’s potential for success in the program. Reviewers will indicate an overall admissions recommendation for each applicant. Final admissions decisions based on reviewer recommendations will be made by the program coordinator.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Teacher Leadership: Digital Technologies and Connected Learning requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $655.

Total Degree Cost

$19,650 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $655
3 $1,965
6 $3,930
9 $5,895

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Master of Arts degree in Teacher Leadership: Digital Technologies and Connected Learning may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Education Professor
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Middle School Teacher
Projected Growth: 3-4%

Special Education - Preschool
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator - Elementary and Secondary
Projected Growth: 3-4%

Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Elementary School Teacher
Projected Growth: 3-4% *Bright Outlook

Special Education Teacher
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Instructional Coordinator
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator - Postsecondary
Projected Growth: 3-4%

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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