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Teacher Leader Endorsement

The information below is for those looking to start the program in Fall 2021.

The Teacher Leader Endorsement for the State of Illinois requires the completion of six courses (equivalent to an 18-semester-hour program of study), including five core courses and one advocacy 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):

  • MTL 521 Building Professional and Community Relationships through Collaboration
  • MTL 528 Examining Issues and Trends in Teacher Leadership
  • MTL 536 Linking Assessment to Learning
  • MTL 538 Improving School Climate and Learning
  • MTL 597 Promoting Professional Development for School Improvement

Teachers must complete one of the following advocacy courses (3 semester hours):

  • MTL 532 Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom
  • MTL 542 Using School Law for Advocacy and Leadership
  • MTL 544 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners


Jeanne White, Ed.D.

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

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