This 30 credit hour MA program is designed to prepare certified K through 12 teachers to become school leaders who actively engage students and colleagues in academic and professional learning. Core courses are aligned with the Chicago Public School and Danielson frameworks for teaching, as well as selected Teacher Leader Model Standards and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The core content includes characteristics of diverse learners, effective assessment and advocacy strategies, and designing curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
In addition to completing core courses, teachers develop their leadership potential through enrollment in one of the following concentrations: bilingual/ESL education, special education, early childhood special education, reading, adolescent literacy, diversity, equity, and social justice, and focused program. Candidates develop a standards-based digital portfolio as a culminating product of their coursework. Upon the successful completion of the bilingual/ESL education, special education, early childhood special education, and reading concentrations an endorsement or approval can be added to a State of Illinois teaching license.
Applicants for admission must possess an undergraduate degree and an undergraduate or graduate grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. They also must hold a valid teaching certificate or license.
To earn the MA in Teacher Leadership, students must complete 30 semester hours of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. No grades below C may apply toward the degree, and no more than two courses with grades of C are allowed (C- grades are unacceptable). The program faculty routinely assess students for evidence of professional dispositions. In addition to the 12 semester hours of online core courses, students should choose from one of the following concentrations (18 credit hours each)
Please note: Students who successfully complete the Reading concentration will be permitted to enroll in the 6 credit hour summer practicum that is the final course required to earn the reading teacher endorsement.
A Focused Program Concentration is available for already certified teachers who may enroll in 5-6 courses to earn an additional teaching endorsement or National Board Certification. Courses are determined by faculty in the program of the additional endorsement. National Board Certification courses are offered through a partnership with the Chicago Teachers Union. See the faculty advisor for more information.
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