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Master of Arts in Education

Adaptive Leadership

Become a teacher leader and transform your school.

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Expand your knowledge and skills by earning your master’s degree while teaching.
Immerse yourself in a rigorous curriculum with experiential opportunities for observation, feedback and growth.

Refine impact of instructional practices

  • Enhance student engagement strategies
  • Deepen student understanding across subjects
  • Implement creative and entrepreneurial ideas

Cultivate coaching and mentoring abilities

  • Facilitate thinking through questioning
  • Support personal reflection and growth

Develop transformational leadership skills

  • Create positive classroom cultures of thinking
  • Explore research and policy issues
  • Lead change effectively


The Master of Arts in Education Degree in Adaptive Leadership is designed to provide integrated learning and practice in teacher leadership and instructional coaching.

The program begins by building shared understandings and background knowledge in positive classroom environments and educational research.   Candidates will receive coaching to improve and empower their own instructional practice while examining various strategies for highly engaged learning.  Candidates will develop their own coaching practice while exploring best practices for mentoring and coaching.  Toward the end of the program candidates will focus on leading change to transform education, and provide an opportunity to synthesize their learning.


Program graduates will earn a Master of Arts in Education degree from Adams State University (Adams State).  Adams State has been an integral part of the San Luis Valley region since 1921 when it was founded as a teacher’s college.

Course Credits
Core Curriculum (34 Credit Hours)
Policy and Change Agents 3
Research Methods 3
Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Learners 3
Instructional Coaching 5
Culture and Communities 3
Adaptive Leadership 5
Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Teachers 3
Mentoring and Coaching 3
PLCs: Collaboration and Collective Responsibility 3
Capstone Project 3
Principal Licensure (12 Credit Hours)
Principal License program Tools & Skills I 3
School Law 3
Fiscal Management 3
Supervision for Improvement of Instruction & Bldg Level Assessment 3

Program Locations

Classes will meet both in person and online as part of a local cohort.


Denver is consistently ranked as one of the top ten cities in which to live. One of the most active and healthy cities in the country, Denver is just minutes from outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains and boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Denver is a magnet for young, diverse and well-educated professionals.


Alamosa is home to Adams State University and the largest town in the San Luis Valley. This region of Colorado encompasses 8,000 square miles of agricultural land. It is a sprawling natural playground made up of wildlife refuges, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Zapata Falls, Wolf Creek Ski Area, National Forest and National Park trails to hike, and lots of pristine areas to hunt and fish. It truly is an outdoorsman’s paradise.


As a gateway to the majestic San Juan Mountains, Durango is a mid-sized town in southwest Colorado.   Located near the four corners region of Colorado, Durango is known for its outdoor activities like fly fishing the Animas River or hiking and biking the beautiful San Juan mountain trails. Attractions such as Mesa Verde National Park, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the 14,000 foot mountains draw people from around the globe.

Who Should Apply

Active classroom teachers and instructional coaches interested in advancing their career by becoming an education leader. Candidates should have a strong growth mindset, and want to be an innovator who energizes and motivates peers to be their best.


Applications for admission to the Master of Arts degree in Education are reviewed by a committee who look for (i) evidence of preparation for advanced professional study at the master’s level, and (ii) the likelihood of academic success as indicated by an applicant’s essay, statement of purpose, educational record, work experience, and letters of recommendation.

Applicants must submit an online application and submit copies of the following items to [email protected] or by mail to:

Boettcher Teacher Residency
Adaptive Leadership Program
600 Grant Street, Ste 525
Denver, CO 80203

1. Resume or curriculum vitae

2. Official Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended

3. Essay and Statement of Purpose

4. Three current letters of recommendation addressing one of the prompts below. One letter should be from each of the following: Principal/Coach, Colleague, Parent.

Prompt: (Principal/Coach): Discuss the instructional best practices and leadership skills you have seen demonstrated by the candidate.

Prompt: (Colleague): Describe and give examples of the candidate’s collaborative disposition.

Prompt: (Parent): How did the candidate foster your child’s confidence in their learning?

Apply Now!
Classes begin in Summer 2017

Click here to start your application


Tuition is $320 / credit hour.
Financial aid information is available at

For more information

Parker Griggs
[email protected] or 720.598.5040

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