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Master's in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (MA)

The MA in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL) prepares licensed teachers to implement innovative instructional and leadership strategies that support dual language education—a dynamic, highly effective form of education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add both the Bilingual/ESL and Teacher Leader endorsements to their Illinois teaching license.

Location: Chicago
Start Term: Summer
Program Type: Master's

(with ESL/Bilingual Endorsement and Teacher Leader Endorsements added to Illinois Teaching Licenses)

Graduates of this program can be employed as dual language, bilingual, ESL or mainstream teachers. They might fill roles such as teacher leader, coach or bilingual/ESL director. The program plan is designed around the needs of teachers:

  • Summer: 3-Week Intensive On-Campus
  • Fall: Online
  • Spring: Online
  • Summer: 3-Week Intensive On-Campus
Tammy Oberg De La Garza
, Program Director

Expectations & Requirements


Teachers who complete this degree have the ability to implement dual language programs in their school or district — an in-demand skill set in an ever more diverse educational system. The program is the only one of its kind in Illinois.

Students can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging discussion and small group projects, and multiple opportunities for the completion of field experiences and projects. A practicum that involves guided teaching in a Spanish Saturday School culminates the program.

Sample Courses

  • Supervision, Evaluation and Professional Development of Bilingual Educators
  • Teacher Leader Practicum - Methods & Materials for Teaching Academic Second Language
  • Measurement, Evaluation and Sustainability of Effective Programs
  • Internship: Advocacy for Dual Language Education


"This new graduate program meets one of our greatest needs in Illinois: the development of teachers who embrace and are skilled at a dual language approach to learning and leadership."

Erin Mackinney
Assistant Professor Language, Literacy & Leadership​, Roosevelt University

  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
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