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Master's Degree Program

Program: Teaching and Teacher Leadership

In our Teaching and Teacher Leadership (TTL) Program, you will gain the skills you need to design and lead transformative learning experiences that change lives, advance social justice, and help generate the best outcomes for all students. Whether you are an experienced or novice teacher, our approach to teacher education will engage you in a community of practice that enables you to build core competencies, work alongside faculty and school-based mentors in meaningful and lasting networks, and pursue a wide range of career goals. The TTL curriculum enables novice teachers to pursue Massachusetts initial licensure in secondary education, while experienced teachers may focus on instructional leadership, coaching, and/or teacher development. 

Curriculum Information

The TTL Program Core Experience is designed to help you reflect on your own educational experience and background, while also exploring seminal research on teaching and learning. Additional information coming soon.

Licensure Information

TTL will enable novice teachers to complete the courses and field experiences needed to pursue licensure and teach at the middle school and high school levels. Specifically, you will be eligible to teach in grades 5–8 in English, general science, history, and mathematics, as well as grades 8–12 in biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, earth science, and physics.

Program Faculty

Students will work closely with faculty associated with their area of study, but students can also work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty co-chairs for TTL are Heather Hill and Victor Pereira. View our faculty directory for a full list of HGSE faculty. More information about TTL faculty coming soon.

Career Pathways

The TTL Program prepares you for a variety of career pathways, including: 

  • Middle and high school teacher
  • Instructional and curriculum lead
  • School leader


Our Teaching and Teacher Leadership Program enables you to fully examine your growth as a professional — and explore the many ways you can generate better outcomes for your students. From developing a deeper understanding of teaching principles and practices to honing your experience and embracing innovation in a variety of learning environments, our graduates go on to make a profound difference in the lives of their students. Here, you'll meet several HGSE alumni whose careers center around teaching and learning leadership:

Melanie Shea

On the Child's Side: Melanie Shea, TEP'20

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Teacher Education reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Nathan Whitfield

Putting a Stake in the Ground: Nathan Whitfield, TEP'19

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for the Teacher Education Program reflects on his time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Cohort and Community

As a TTL student, you will build a strong community around a shared commitment to teaching and teacher development. You will learn from and with colleagues from diverse backgrounds, levels of expertise, and instructional settings. To foster connections with the field, you are invited to attend “meet the researcher” chats, engage in professional development through affinity groups, and interact with teaching-focused colleagues across the larger university, by taking courses and participating in activities at other Harvard schools. 

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