Teacher Leader Endorsement Only

12 Semester Hours • Holding An Existing Master's Degree

Online 12 major credits * 1 year
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Program Overview

The Ohio endorsement 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 endorsement is granted on an existing master’s degree and 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.

This 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

Concordia’s endorsement program in Ohio Teacher Leader 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

Program Requirements

  • Must hold a master’s
  • 2 years teaching experience
  • Hold a valid teaching license
  • 12 credit hours of coursework (includes practicum)

Areas of Study

EDL 6725Building Collaborative Relationships
EDL 6988Ohio Teacher Leader Practicum
EDL 6140Curriculum and Assessment: Framework for Student Learning
EDL 6530Instructional Coaching and Mentoring
Total Credit Hours: 12

Please Note:

Courses are subject to administrative review and change at any time

Students who complete this program are eligible for the Ohio Teacher Leader Endorsement. Application for this endorsement is made through Concordia University’s Registrar’s Office and the Ohio Department of Education Online Application Process. Please see https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal/ and contact your SAIL advisor for further information.

Tuition Guarantee

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $425 for Teacher Leader Endorsement. 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 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

Other Contacts:
Cohort InformationGraduate Information Office800-946-9608
Payment PlanOffice of Student Business Services708-209-3237


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