Catalog Version

Winter/Spring/Summer 2015-2016
Catalog update: 
October 16, 2015

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Students are required to follow the Academic Handbook and Code of Student Responsibility​​

Admission Requirements

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)  

Course Requirements

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

​​Gainful Employment Disclosure

​This graduate certificate program is approved as a Gainful Employment Program through the US Department of Education and is, therefore, eligible for Federal Student Aid.  Disclosure Statements about occupations, on-time graduation rate, tuition and fees, and median loan debt for this program can be found at​.​​​