To be eligible for the Teacher Leader endorsement program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree and master's degree from an accredited college or university and hold a valid teaching license.
To apply, please submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:
A completed application
Application fee ($40.00)
2 years of full-time teaching on a valid standard teaching Licensure at the time of application
One official transcript from all colleges and/or universities attended
A resume or curriculum vitae
Proof of passing Basic Skills Test or TAP Exam
Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers
Statement of purpose indicating professional development goals and related experience (750 words)
This non-degree program allows students who already have a Master’s degree to obtain an ISBE Teacher Leader Endorsement. Candidates already holding a Master’s degree (M.Ed. or M.A.) and a professional educator license may enter the program seeking the Teacher Leader Endorsement. Students not holding a Master’s degree must complete either the existing Educational Leadership or Curriculum Studies Master’s program and obtain their professional educator license before they can obtain the Teacher Leader Endorsement.
40 quarter hours, grade of C or better required in all courses
Educational Leadership Courses: 20 quarter hours required
Curriculum Studies Courses Required: 16 quarter hours required
Bilingual/Bilcultural Education Courses Required: 4 quarter hours required