The Teacher Leader Endorsement for the State of Illinois requires the completion of eight courses (equivalent to a 24-semester-hour program of study), to include five core courses, one research course, one advocacy course and one elective course. The endorsement program is designed to align course outcomes with the national Teacher Leader Model Standards. The teacher leader endorsement requires 100 clinical hours distributed across the coursework in which future teacher leaders document their application of course concepts in their classrooms and school communities, including 40 clinical hours focused on students from diverse backgrounds.
Teachers must have a master’s degree to have the endorsement applied to their license. Teachers without a master’s degree can complete the endorsement while completing the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership.
Teachers must complete five core courses (15 semester hours):
Teachers must complete one of the following research courses (3 semester hours):
Teachers must complete one of the following advocacy courses (3 semester hours):
Teachers must choose one elective course (3 semester hours or more). Electives may be chosen from any course in the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership program or students may choose to take an additional research or advocacy course.
Questions? Browse our Frequently Asked Questions: Teacher Leader Endorsement, contact Dr. Debra Meyer, or browse our course offerings.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
This graduate certificate program is approved as a Gainful Employment Program through the US Department of Education and is therefore, eligible for Federal Student Aid. Disclosure Statements about occupations, on-time graduation rate, tuition and fees, and median loan debt for this program can be found here.