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Teacher Leadership Program Removes Letters of Recommendation Requirement

The Department of Educational Leadership Studies in the University of Kentucky College of Education has eliminated letters of recommendation as a requirement for admission to the master’s and educational specialist degree programs for teacher leadership and rank change.

“We have found other materials in the application are more useful in selecting students likely to succeed in this program,” said Dr. John Nash, chair of Educational Leadership Studies. “We use a holistic admissions process, which includes reviewing an applicant’s writing sample, resume, and personal statement, along with their college transcript.”

UK’s teacher leadership program is fully online, offers scholarships for all students, and includes the opportunity to earn three graduate certificates while in the program. Students can expect to complete the 30-credit hour program in five semesters (20 months).

“Faculty members in our department are continuously seeking ways to make the teacher leadership program accessible to teachers, who often carry full plates,” Nash said. “By offering the program entirely online, eliminating letters of recommendation, and adding scholarships for all students, the program has become more accessible and affordable in recent years.”

To learn more, visit https://education.uky.edu/edl/teacher-leader-programs/.