Teacher Leader Master's

Earn Your Master of Arts in Teacher Leader w/ Endorsement

Online Format:

The Master of Arts in the Teacher Leader 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.

Program Highlights:

  • Up to 50% transfer credits considered
  • Aligned with standards for Ohio Educators & Principals
  • Approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education
  • Under $13,500 for Teacher Leader MA
  • 2 year completion time
  • 30 credit hours

Benefits of the Online Format:

  • Earn same degree online as on campus
  • No special computer skills required; user-friendly format
  • Professors and Advisors readily available
  • Accessible interaction with classmates
  • Computer Help Desk is available for tech support

Areas of Study:

Course Title Hours
EDL 6131 Ohio: School Evaluation and Change Processes 3
EDL 6121 Ohio: Supervision and Improvement of Instruction 3
EDL 6310 Schools, Family, Community Partnerships 3
EDL 6715 Providing Instructional Support 3
EDL 6775 Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communities 3
RES 6600 Educational Research 3
*EDL 6725 Building Collaborative Relationships 3
*EDL 6530 Instructional Coaching and Mentoring 3
*EDL 6140 Curriculum and Assessment: Framework 3
*EDL 6988 Teacher Leader Practicum (capstone course) 3
  Total Credit Hours: 30

Please Note:

Courses are subject to administrative review and change at any time.
*Courses that are required for Ohio TL endorsement

Tuition Guarantee:

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $425 for Teacher Leader MA. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of the cohort. In addition, a technology fee of $15 per credit hour ($45 per 3 credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning (Concordia e-mail, Blackboard, text notifications), and a $143 graduation fee. We reserve the right to offer different tuition rates, or change the prices of other programs.

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.85 (on a 4.00 scale) and/or a Master's Degree with at least a 3.00 GPA
  • 2 years teaching experience
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned
  • Copy of current Ohio teaching license

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 upon receipt of your application, and non-refundable $60.00 application fee (includes 1-year Associate Membership in OAESA). If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 708-209-4093
Fax: 708-209-3454
Email: graduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Other Contacts:

Cohort Information Graduate Information Office 800-946-9608
Payment Plan Office of Student Business Services 708-209-3237
Financial Assistance Office of Student Financial Planning 708-209-3113
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.

This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.