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M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership

 Jeanne White talks about what makes the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership at Elmhurst unique.

Reach Your Leadership Potential

You’re an experienced teacher. It’s time for you to lead. Whether your license is in early childhood, elementary, secondary, special education or K-12 specialty areas, a master’s degree will make you a more effective teacher—the kind others turn to for solutions.

Be a Catalyst for Change

You’ll gain more than endorsements at Elmhurst. You’ll be brimming with fresh ideas to bring back to your classroom and school. You’ll engage in critical inquiry, develop innovative projects and apply best practices. You’ll form collaborations with educators across the disciplines. Throughout your time here you’ll have ready access to a full-time faculty advisor.

Flexible, to Fit Your Life

We understand busy—this is a graduate degree on your terms.

  • Hybrid format, on campus and online
  • Fall, spring or summer start; more about deadlines
  • Degree completion in two to four years, part-time

Make a Difference in a Leadership Role

  • Curriculum specialist
  • Instructional coach
  • Mentor teacher
  • Department chair, team leader or lead teacher
  • Professional learning facilitator
  • Data coach

Admission Requirements

The MTL and all licensure endorsement programs require teachers to currently hold a teaching position and be licensed to teach in Illinois.

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Customize Your Degree, Optimize Your Career

What kind of teacher-leader will you be?

The Right People on Your Side

Elmhurst faculty are teachers, scholars and practitioners, with leadership roles in state and national professional organizations. They’ll prepare you for the kind of meaningful work you’ve been longing to do.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits all graduate programs at Elmhurst University.

The teacher leader program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Jeanne White, Ed.D.

Professor, Education; Program Director, M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership
Department of Education

2-4 years to program completion

3 ways to become a teacher, with three possible endorsements

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