The Illinois State University Teacher Leader Endorsement consists of a collaborative core of 6 courses, representing relevant coursework from across the departments in the College of Education, for a total of 18 credit hours. Students may earn a Teacher Leader Master's Degree by taking an additional 15 semester hours (including an action research project). This course of study offers students, faculty, and staff a truly interdisciplinary and innovative program, and a professional learning community.
The Teacher Leadership Endorsement and Master’s Degree is designed for experienced teachers who wish to improve their craft without having to move into formal administrative roles. Coursework will focus on cultivating leadership that improves teaching and learning, including:
Developing a deeper understanding of school leadership
Teaching specific subject matter to diverse students
Understanding how people learn and change
Assessing student performance
Fostering a role in mentoring, coaching, and professional development
Preparing for effective consultation and collaboration between professionals, paraprofessionals, parents, and students
Teachers in this program will engage in critical inquiry, study current issues and apply best practices in education. Innovative projects for the teacher’s own classroom and school community will be accomplished in partnership with the school, district, and/or community. Instruction will use a variety of dynamic instructional strategies, modeling what our graduates will be expected to do as teacher leaders in schools, including problem-based learning, case studies, simulation, field experiences, and action research. Candidates who earn this endorsement/degree will be confident, effective instructional coaches, taking a mentoring/teaming approach to collaboratively improve classroom instruction and student performance.