Master of Arts (M.a.)

Teacher Leader

with Endorsement

In-Person or Online 30 major credits * 2 years

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$179/mo

*if using financial aid

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Programs designed for working educators

Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet on campus or in an online format

2 year completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered

Program Overview

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.

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 Objectives

  • Leads to the Illinois Teacher Leader Endorsement
  • Designed for those classroom teachers who are interested in increasing their job responsibilities and assuming leadership roles within their schools and districts
  • 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
  • Become skilled in building and leading effective teams; including team formation, dynamics, management, and growth
  • Develop a sense of their own leadership style, constructed from several leadership models
  • Foster the ability to mold and adapt one’s personal leadership style to fit diverse populations, situations, and settings
  • Improve instruction through multiple uses of building, district, and student data; research-based instructional models; and collaboration with colleagues
  • Process coordinating curriculum at multiple levels: classroom, grade-level, department, building, district, and community
  • Serve as a liaison to extend cooperative curriculum building and articulation among schools in the district, region, and state
  • Experience curriculum coordination, implementation, and evaluation processes and procedures in a variety of settings
  • Serve as a facilitator of change within an educational system and engage in planning and management of tasks to support system change and implement initiatives
  • Conceptualize and enact their role as a teacher leader when working with families, colleagues, building and district leadership, school personnel, and the larger school community
  • Become self-assured and effective instructional coaches, taking a mentoring/teaming approach to improve classroom instruction for increased student performance
  • Must possess a Professional Educator License prior to entering the program
  • Two years of teaching experience required prior to starting the program

Areas of Study

CourseTitleHours
EDL 6120Supervision and Improvement of Instruction3
EDL 6130School Evaluation and Change Processes3
EDL 6140Curriculum & Assessment3
EDL 6240Instructional Leadership3
EDL 6310School, Parents, Community Partnerships3
EDL 6715Providing Instructional Support3
EDL 6988Teacher Leader Practicum (capstone course)3
EDU 6500Curriculum Construction3
EDU 6775Leading School-Based Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s)3
RES 6600Research in Education3
 Total Credit Hours:30
Note:

Two years of lead teaching experience required to begin this program. This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.