Teacher Leader Endorsement

Program Overview

The Teacher Leader endorsement only program at Concordia University Chicago is designed for those classroom teachers who are interested in increasing their job responsibilities and assuming leadership roles within their schools and districts. This degree is designed for active teachers who are not interested in becoming a Principal. Rather, graduate candidates aim for leadership roles in a variety of capacities, such as Department Chairs, Instructional Coaches, Curriculum Coordinators, Mentor Teachers, Community Liaisons, in addition to other leadership positions.

The program develops teacher skills and competencies that are needed throughout the candidate’s career as a Master Educator and Leader. Specifically, the Teacher Leader program at Concordia University Chicago offers training in leading organizational change and development, building collaborative relationships with stakeholders, using data to improve student performance, instructional coaching, and curriculum construction. One corner stone of the program is to richly develop candidate strength and competency to effectively navigate the ever-increasing diversity of student populations, with particular focus of schools as centers of learning within a larger community context. Graduates of the Teacher Leader program are well-positioned to assume leadership responsibilities in elementary, middle, and high schools in public, private, and non-profit settings.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • 2 years or less completion time
  • Summer & holiday breaks
  • One course completed every 8 weeks
  • Classes meet in an online format

Program Objectives:

Concordia’s Master of Arts program in the Illinois Teacher Leader program will enable graduate candidates to:

  • Develop a leadership style to fit diverse populations, situations, and settings
  • Gain knowledge of leadership frameworks and models of shared governance and to understand and use teacher evaluation models
  • Become skilled in building and leading effective teams; including team formation, dynamics, management, and growth
  • Become a self-assured and effective instructional coach taking a mentoring/teaming approach in improvement of classroom instruction
  • Improve instruction through multiple uses of building and district student data; research-based instructional models; and collaboration with colleagues
  • Understand diverse learners (including students with IEP, ELL, underrepresented and at-risk, including the IL Social and Emotional Learning Standards
  • Serve as a facilitator of change within a school and engage in planning and management of tasks to support change and implement planned initiatives
  • Work with families, colleagues, building/district leadership, and the larger school community for increased student performance

Areas of Study:

Course Title
EDL 6120 Supervision and Improvement of Instruction
EDL 6130 School Evaluation and Change Processes
EDL 6140 Curriculum and Assessment
EDL 6240 Instructional Leadership
EDL 6310 School, Parents, Community Partnerships
EDL 6988 Teacher Leader Practicum (Capstone Course)
EDU 6775 Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s)

Total endorsement = 21 semester hours

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.85 (on a 4.00 scale) and/or a Masters Degree with at least a 3.00 GPA
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned

Once all materials are submitted and your file is complete, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.
  2. An admission decision will be reached immediately following the committee review, and you will be notified in writing within a few days.

NOTE: Admission to Concordia University Chicago depends on several factors, including: the cumulative GPA, program fit, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and an objective statement (critical writing sample). Students who do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) will not be considered for admission.

Applicants may enroll in one semester of classes as a “pending” student awaiting an admission decision. Please note that participation and enrollment in the cohort does not guarantee admission to the University. Pending students who are denied admission will not be automatically withdrawn from the class, and will not receive a tuition refund. Pending students are not eligible for financial aid, therefore, please complete the admission process and submit official transcripts by the beginning of the semester for full admission to the graduate cohort program.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter and a graduate catalog upon receipt of your application, and non-refundable $50.00 application fee. If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 877-282-4422
Fax: 708-209-3454
Email: graduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Other Contacts:

Cohort Information Graduate Information Office 877-453-0380
Payment Plan Office of Student Business Services 866-204-1882
Financial Assistance Office of Student Financial Planning 877-266-7331
Online FAFSA form www.fafsa.ed.gov 800-4-FED AID

NOTE: Those who intend to apply for financial aid should complete the financial aid process at the same time they apply for admission. Financial aid is available to admitted students (not pending/guest status) and is not retroactive.