Georgetown, KY- Graduate students in the new blended Advanced Teacher Leader Rank One cohort program will soon be able to take courses in a mostly online format while receiving the individualized faculty attention and strong peer support network for which Georgetown College is known.

The emphasis of this program is to extend teacher leadership to the school level. This is accomplished through core courses that include advanced, relevant instruction in working with diverse learners through collaboration, literacy, and technology, and through using school data for effective decision making. These core course experiences culminate with a final school leadership project designed to positively impact the school.  

“A number of inquiring teachers have expressed real excitement about the school leadership element,” said Dr. Andrea Peach, Associate Dean of Graduate Education. “For example, many teachers in our master’s program have demonstrated exceptional leadership and have written grants for their schools, developed school literacy plans, and presented at state and national conferences.  The new Rank I program will offer teachers the flexibility to continue to pursue these leadership opportunities.

You may find out how to apply now by going to (then click on the Graduate Admission link) or by calling the Graduate Education Office at 502.863.8176. In order to begin in Fall 2011, you must submit your application by July 22.

Students who enroll in the Advanced Teacher Leader Rank One program will also earn an additional endorsement either in English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented or Instructional Technology, certification in Moderate/Severe Disabilities, or special recognition by completing the English as a Second Language or Autism Spectrum Disorders cognate.

The first Fall Georgetown College blended cohort will provide the option of completing the program as a member of a close-knit blended and online professional community (cohort) with a maximum of 20 students. By taking two courses each semester, students will be complete the 30 hour program in five semesters. However, students may also choose to take one class per semester if desired.

While most of the courses will be online (with one required face-to-face meeting each semester), two or three of the core courses may have a maximum of three additional face to face meetings, primarily on Saturdays. “While many students love the convenience of the online courses, many also desire meaningful face to face contact with each other. Through this first Rank One Advanced Teacher Leadership cohort, we are striving to meet the learning needs of all of our students while maintaining the close relationships that our students crave,”said Dr. Peach.

Students choosing the Fall 2011 Advanced Teacher Leader Rank One cohort option will pre-register and complete a contract to take the required core Rank One cohort classes in a specified order. Additional endorsement online courses will be taken according to student schedules.

Georgetown College is a Christian, liberal arts institution, offering several graduate programs in education. These include Master of Arts degrees in Alternative Certification and Special Education Learning Behavior Disorders as well as Teacher-Leader Master of Arts with specialization in your content area or with endorsements/certification/cognates in English as a Second Language, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Reading Specialist, Moderate/Severe Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students may earn their Rank One through various options. For additional questions on these new program options, please contact the Graduate Education Office by calling 502.863.8176 or by emailing