Master in Teacher Leadership



Master in Teacher Leadership

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About the Program

This master’s program is designed for experienced teachers from prekindergarten to high school with professional educator licenses in early childhood, elementary, secondary, middle school, special education and K-12 specialty areas.

The program’s purpose is to advance classroom teachers’ knowledge, skills and thinking in ways that will enhance their practice and enable them to become change agents and leaders within their school communities and the profession. Teachers are engaged as critical thinkers in studying the current issues and practices in the field of education as they apply best practices and develop innovative projects for their classrooms and school communities. Program courses are constantly updated and differentiated to meet the needs of the teachers through focused projects and interdisciplinary study.

What You'll Learn 

  • Acquire skills for promoting professional development, group facilitation and collaboration with various constituencies
  • Participate through critical inquiry in the evaluation of best practices
  • Develop self-reflective and critical thinking skills required to improve student learning and achievement
  • Explore social justice issues and promote thinking from diverse perspectives
  • Develop strong partnerships in interactive classes with faculty and fellow teachers
  • Expand your professional horizons, without moving out of the classroom

Master the knowledge and skills needed to serve as a teacher leader, developing the foundation to become a catalyst for change, in the classroom and beyond, such as:

  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Coach
  • Mentor Teacher
  • Department Chair, Team Leader or Lead Teacher
  • Content Specialist
  • Program Leader
  • Supervisor*

Earn the new Teacher Leader Endorsement on an Illinois Professional Educator License, which is part of a new set of endorsements for school leadership: Teacher Leader, Principal and Superintendent.

*Provided that a supervisory endorsement is not required pursuant to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 1.705 (Requirements for Supervisory and Administrative Staff) for the position to which the teacher leader is assigned.

A Flexible Format
This is a 34-semester-hour program. This program readily accommodates the schedules of working teachers. All courses are offered in a hybrid format meeting alternately on campus and online. Fall and spring classes meet on weekday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on campus. Summer courses are offered Mondays through Thursdays during the day in 3- and 6-week formats from mid June through July. You may complete the program in 18 months of full-time study, or take up to four years to finish.

Graduate students may enroll in one or two classes at a time. Courses are not sequential, so the order in which you complete your course work is up to you. Graduate students complete a capstone seminar in the final fall or spring term prior to graduation. During this seminar, graduate students complete and present their master’s projects, either an action research project or a professional inquiry portfolio. Graduate students may also include additional endorsements (e.g., Teacher Leader, Special Education, ESL or Bilingual) or approvals (e.g., Middle Level Education) into their program of study.

Transfer credit may be used for up to two elective course requirements. The maximum transfer credit of six semester hours is not automatic and accepted courses must receive written approval prior to the graduate student beginning the program. No transfer courses will be accepted once a graduate student has begun the program.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association accredits all graduate programs at Elmhurst College.

Teacher Leader endorsement approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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