Master of Arts in Education (MAE) - for teacher leaders in American International Schools

The University of Northern Iowa is proposing to offer a graduate program designed specifically for teacher leaders in American International Schools and leading to a Master of Arts in Education (MAE).* Tailored to accommodate the schedule of K-12 practicing teachers in international settings, this program is framed around the Teacher Leader Model Standards (Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium).

Delivery and format -- NO on-campus attendance, entirely online!

  • Instruction is provided by faculty with practical and research-based experiences in leadership, international education, curriculum and educational pedagogy.
  • A cohort model is utilized to provide collaborative learning for international teachers worldwide as the group of students progress through the 18-month sequence together. 
  • All courses are offered entirely online via eLearning and interactive video conferencing with careful consideration of international school calendars.

Program highlights

  • The University of Northern Iowa is recognized internationally for its commitment to international education, as evidenced through its long-standing UNI Career Services Overseas Recruiting Fair and international student teaching placements.
  • The program is framed around research-based teacher leader standards that lead to competencies necessary for assuming instructional and school leadership roles. Those competencies include the following domains: 
    1. Fostering a collaborative culture to support educator development and student learning
    2. Accessing and using research to improve practice and student learning
    3. Promoting professional learning for continuous improvement
    4. Facilitating improvement in instruction and student learning
    5. Promoting the use of assessments and data for school improvement 
    6. Improving outreach and collaboration with families and community and 
    7. Advocating for student learning and the profession
  • Requirements for this degree include the completion of 37 units of credit and a comprehensive portfolio demonstrating growth and experience in the 7 Domains of Teacher Leadership. 
  • Instruction is provided by faculty members with practical and research-based experiences in leadership, international education, curriculum and educational psychology.

*Transcripts to read, "Master of Arts in Education: Principalship."