Improve teacher success to improve student success.

NOTE: As of Fall 2023 we will not be accepting new students to this program.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Teacher Leader Endorsement program approaches leadership through the lens of social justice advocacy while addressing issues with integrity and in a caring and ethical manner. Upon graduation, students will be well-versed in the improvement of student instruction and learning, professional development, coaching, mentoring, and being a team leader or a division chair.

The Educational Leadership program meets the standards for building level leadership set by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). This graduate program is fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.


Teacher Leader M.Ed. (31 credit Hours)

EDLD-50800 Teacher Leader Seminar (1)
EDLD-52200  Ethical and Moral Foundations of Educational Leadership (3)
EDLD-53800 Critical Issues in School Law For Educational Leaders (3)
EDLD-54100   Culture of Schools and School  Communities (3)
EDLD-54800 Organizational Systems in Educational Leadership (3)
EDLD-55700  Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement (3)
RDLT-57500  Practical Research for Learning Communities (3)
EDLD-57600 Multicultural Foundations for Educators and Counselors (3)
EDLD-57700 Supervision for Professional Development (3)
EDLD-58000 Critical Transformative Leadership (3)
EDLD-58700 Teacher Leader Practicum (3)

Comprehensive Examination

Scholarship Options

Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses

  • Ethical and Moral Foundations of Educational Leadership
  • Critical Issues in School Law for Educational Leaders
  • Organizational Systems in Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement
  • Supervision for Professional Development
  • Multicultural Foundations for Learning Communities

Admission Requirements

  • Professional Educator License (PEL) with Teaching endorsement
  • Three years successful teaching experience
  • Fulfillment of House Bill 150 (Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents or Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities)
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for the final 60 credit hours completed
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Submission of graduate application form
  • Two completed College of Education and Social Sciences recommendation forms
  • Meet with the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director for a personal interview to discuss educational goals

Please refer to the Office of Admissions for application requirements and specific next steps.

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