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Doctor of Education (EdD)


Executive Leadership


This research study is an examination of the process of how community college instructors describe the process of becoming master teachers. Master teachers are those recognized by the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching award of the State University of New York. The purpose of the proposed study was to identify the habits, attitudes, and behaviors of these professionals. Using a quantitative research design, a sample of 9 community college instructors were interviewed using a semi-structured format. Directed content analysis using the theoretical framework of reflective practice informed the audience The findings suggest that the instructors at community college welcome change in their teaching by seeking mentors, attending professional development events, engaging students, possessing passion, and self-regulating so that teaching excellence occurs for all students.

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