Date of Award

Spring 4-23-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Kelly Brown

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Educator preparation providers are passionate about developing the best teachers. It is important for teacher preparation programs to explore how teacher leadership can help attract and retain a diverse and quality educator workforce, however research on teacher leadership at the preservice level is limited. This quantitative study examined the preparation of preservice teachers for leadership. One hundred student teachers completed an online survey using Survey Monkey® to determine the relationship between teacher licensure area (elementary, secondary, K-12, and special education) and leadership behaviors, opportunities, and aspirations. Data analysis was completed using measures of central tendency and variance. No statistically significant correlation was found between licensure area and leadership behaviors, opportunities, or aspirations. A descriptive analysis was also conducted based on general teacher leadership qualities and the following typologies of teacher leadership: (a) instructional innovator, (b) professional learning leader, and (c) administrative teacher leader. An examination of the relationship between licensure area and typology was determined to be statistically significant and revealed preservice teachers in all licensure areas most identified with general leadership qualities such as finding work meaningful, respecting others, contributing to the success of the students and school, and being recognized and valued. The results of this study add to the existing research that a professional culture built around teachers as leaders is important to the education profession and should be considered throughout all stages of a teacher’s career, starting at the preservice level.

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