Teacher Leader Endorsement Only - Graduate

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Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Teacher Leader endorsement program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree and master's degree from an accredited college or university and hold a valid teaching license.

To apply, please submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:

  • A completed application
  • Application fee ($40.00)
  • 2 years of full-time teaching on a valid standard teaching Licensure at the time of application
  • One official transcript from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Proof of passing Basic Skills Test or TAP Exam
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  • Statement of purpose indicating professional development goals and related experience (750 words)  

Course Requirements

This non-degree program allows students who already have a Master’s degree to obtain an ISBE Teacher Leader Endorsement. Candidates already holding a Master’s degree (M.Ed. or M.A.) and a professional educator license may enter the program seeking the Teacher Leader Endorsement. Students not holding a Master’s degree must complete either the existing Educational Leadership or Curriculum Studies Master’s program and obtain their professional educator license before they can obtain the Teacher Leader Endorsement.

40 Quarter Hours, Grade of C or Better Required in All Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
Educational Leadership Courses
A&S 491EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP OF SCHOOLS4
A&S 493DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING4
A&S 496STAKEHOLDER RELATIONSHIPS4
A&S 498INSTRUCTIONAL SUPERVISION AND SUPPORT4
A&S 499PLANNING FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT4
Curriculum Studies Courses
CS 470TEACHERS AS LEADERS4
CS 473ASSESSMENT4
CS 482THE HISTORY OF CURRICULUM PRACTICE4
CS 488CURRICULUM DESIGN4
Bilingual/Bicultural Education Courses
BBE 599LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATING LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE LEARNERS4