Endorsement, Teacher Leadership

Study Formats Online, On Campus, Blended

This degree is available 100% online and through on-campus cohorts.

Program Length 24 credits, 18 months


Supervision and Improvement of Instruction

An examination and application of various supervisory theories and practices with emphasis on improvement of instructional pedagogy and the development of professional growth plans to improve teacher performance.

School Evaluation and Change Processes

The examination and assessment of school instructional programs utilizing the application of change processes and intervention leading to school improvement.

Curriculum and Assesment: Frameworks for Student Learning

The analysis of curriculum frameworks aligned to state and national standards and assessment processes leading to school improvement. It will prepare the instructional leader to develop the knowledge and skills related to curriculum and assessment at the building level.

Building Collaborative Relationships

This course explores leadership theory and strategies that promote and overcome barriers to collaborative practice within a learning organization. The focus will be on building collegial teams that focus on student achievement and school improvement.

School, Families, and Community Partnerships

The examination of the processes needed to create and maintain positive school and community partnerships focused on student success and creating positive school climates and culture.

Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communities

An examination of models of professional development and professional learning communities, research and theory of PLC’s, building PLC teams and collaborative cultures. Managing conflict and resistance in PLCs and professional development and systems and structures that support PLC's building-wide.

Illinois Teacher Leader Practicum (capstone course)

A clinical experience offering a variety of site-based hands-on experiences in teacher leadership in an authentic school setting. Completion of a standards-based instructional improvement project is expected.


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