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.

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
  • Two years to degree completion—or you can take up 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

Admission Requirements

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


Customize Your Degree, Optimize Your Career

In addition to the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership, where you will earn the Teacher Leader endorsement, you can also earn the following endorsements:

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.

Our Graduates are Successful

MTL alumna Rachael Mahmood was named 2024 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education. Read more at the link below.

Teacher of the Year 2024


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

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

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