Education Program

Advanced Graduate Study (AGS)

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Are you already an experienced teacher interested in gaining the leadership skills you need to influence policy and practice in your own school and beyond? Our 13-month Teacher Leadership Program in Advanced Graduate Study (AGS) might be for you.

With a dual emphasis on instructional and institutional/policy leadership, our program will empower you to create change by improving pedagogical practices and fostering the kind of collaborative culture that enhances learning for both students and educators.

As an AGS student, you’ll spend two, three-week summer sessions taking classes at Brandeis in instructional leadership and school change. In between those summers, you’ll spend the spring and fall semesters back in your own school, applying your new leadership skills with the support of a coach from our Education Program. All participants plan and implement an initiative in their schools, working with colleagues to strengthen some aspect of instruction or school culture. You will also take one online class each semester to continue building your repertoire of leadership skills and stances. 

Many graduates serve as mentors, team leaders or instructional coaches.

If you are interested in the AGS program, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to speak with an adviser.

Why Brandeis?

At Brandeis, we recognize that you — our nation’s classroom teachers — are the most important change agents in education. We also understand the importance of context and know how to help you thrive as a leader in your particular school setting.

Our program will provide you with an experienced professional coach as well as a diverse but like-minded cohort of fellow future teacher leaders — a trusted professional network outside your school who will support you during and after your studies with us. We provide generous scholarships to all participants to make this program affordable even to those with limited resources.

Fellowship Opportunities

Alumni Spotlight

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If you want to know anything about teacher education at Brandeis University, Lea is your go-to woman. She currently holds three degrees from Brandeis! When she decided to return to Brandeis for the Teacher Leadership Program--her third degree--she was already working as the STEM coordinator at a Jewish day school north of Boston. Lea is grateful for the tools and confidence that she gained in the program, but for her, what stands out the most is the closeness of the Cohort: “Both for assignments and projects for class and even now after we've been done with the program, everyone is so supportive of each other.”