The master of arts in teacher leader program at Concordia University Chicago is designed for those classroom teachers who are interested in increasing their job responsibilities and assuming leadership roles within their schools and districts. This degree is designed for active teachers who are not interested in becoming a principal. Rather, graduate candidates aim for leadership roles in a variety of capacities, such as department chairs, instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators, mentor teachers, community liaisons, in addition to other leadership positions.
The master of arts in teacher leader is an advanced program for candidates seeking to enhance their teaching and leadership skills in the field of instructional leadership in educational settings. As such, it does not offer or lead to teacher certification. Concordia offers endorsement and certification programs in reading education (Type 10), ELL/ESL and special education, among others.
To be eligible to receive this master of arts degree, students must complete 30 credit hours of coursework as well as the capstone experience, all of which are detailed below.
Processes and skills needed to develop effective communication programs linking schools, parents and community.
Analyzing data to inform professional practice and lead school improvement efforts.
Examining school and teacher practices that enhance student achievement.
Developing and sustaining collaborative relationships for effective school reform.
Leading school-based learning communities and their role in student achievement and school improvement.
Application of change theory to large and small organizations. Leadership strategies for successful change implementation.
Learning facilitators and educational leaders will develop an understanding of school-wide and classroom-based assessment and evaluation by analyzing the types and purposes of assessment, and the use of assessment as a tool for school and student improvement. This course focuses on creating classroom-based assessments and data gathering and analysis in order to create systems and methods of classroom assessment that address learner needs.
Developing and sustaining a school culture that supports student achievement.
Exploration and analysis of curriculum theory and design for educational programs, early childhood through high school. Analysis, trends and current practices in the light of national and international models and educational programs. Study of curriculum theory in relationship to the processes of curriculum design, development, implementation and evaluation.
Knowledge and skills requird to be an effective instructional coach. Collaboration, reflection, modeling, communication and leadership in effective coaching models.
Understanding of action research in educational settings. Focus on development of basic action research skills for improved teacher practice. Skills for interpreting published research are also emphasized.
Concordia’s master of arts in teacher leader will enable graduate candidates to:
This program is offered in a traditional, cohort, face-to-face setting in a variety of locations and is typically completed in two years. This program is also offered online.
Our distinctive cohort system encourages you to foster lifelong professional relationships and worthwhile friendships. You will complete the program one class at a time, according to your cohort template sequence with your group. This collaborative environment facilitates learning and reinforces achievement. In addition, we offer occasional networking opportunities for our graduates, encouraging them to interact with other cohorts, educational professionals and alumni.
A master’s capstone is required for all master of arts candidates. This culminating project highlights the candidate’s mastery of content throughout his or her studies. Capstones are traditionally a summary of work demonstrating overall growth and specific understandings of the professional standards. The capstone serves as a performance-based evaluation and promotes reflective practice. It also demonstrates the professional’s proficiency in integrating technology and his or her ability to interpret theory into practice.
The masters of arts in teacher leader is aligned with national model teacher leader standards by the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium and with the Illinois P-20 Council Teacher Leadership Subcommittee's proposed standards.
The program is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.