Master in Teacher Leadership


The master of education in teacher leadership (MTL) at Elmhurst requires the successful completion of 12 courses for a total of 8.5 credits (34 semester hours). Curriculum encompasses three core areas of study, elective courses and a capstone seminar, including the 24 semester hour requirements for the new Illinois teacher leader endorsement.

Teachers complete coursework in assessment, collaboration, school culture, professional development, leadership, advocacy and research. The 100-hour clinical requirement for the teacher leader endorsement is distributed across courses in the program. Students may also include additional endorsements (special education, health education, ESL or bilingual) or approvals (middle level education) into their program of study.

Required Courses

Teacher Leader Courses (5 courses, 15 semester hours)

  • MTL 521 Building Professional and Community Relationships through Collaboration
  • MTL 528 Examining Issues and Trends in Teacher Leadership
  • MTL 536 Linking Assessments to Learning
  • MTL 538 Improving School Climate and Learning
  • MTL 597 Promoting Professional Development for School Improvement

Research Course (1 course, 3 semester hours)

  • MTL 591 Applying Action Research in Education

Advocacy Course (choose 1 course, 3 semester hours)

  • MTL 532 Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom
  • MTL 544 Cross-cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners
  • MTL 567 Advocating Culturally Relevant Curriculum and Instruction
  • MTL 596 Evaluating Diversity Issues in Teaching and Learning

Elective Courses (choose 4 courses, 12 semester hours)
Research Elective Courses

  • MTL 552 Using Educational Research to Improve Practice
  • MTL 513 Analyzing Reading Foundations

Teacher Leadership Elective Courses

  • MTL 518 Promoting Social Justice Through pK-12 Multicultural Literature and Media
  • MTL 522 Integrating Literacy Across the Content Areas
  • MTL 530 Special Topics in Instruction
  • MTL 534 Implementing Technology and Multimedia Tools to Enhance Learning
  • MTL 541 Special Topics in Administration
  • MTL 542 Using School Law for Advocacy and Leadership
  • MTL 580 Comparative Studies—Travel

Capstone Seminar (1-, 2- or 3-semester hours, as needed)*

  • MTL 598 Seminar in Leadership, Innovation, and Critical Inquiry

*All graduate students complete a capstone seminar in the final fall or spring term prior to graduation.  During this seminar the final capstone research project in the area of specialization is completed with the assistance of a faculty advisor chosen by the graduate student and the faculty instructor for the seminar.

Program 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.

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.

See course descriptions in each area.

See licensure endorsement course offerings.

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