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Master's in Instructional Leadership (MA)

College of Education
The Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership (ILED) prepares licensed teachers to become effective and democratic instructional leaders in diverse school environments. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add either the principal or teacher leader endorsement to their Illinois teaching licenses.
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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall
Program Type: Master's

At the heart of the Instructional Leadership program are close partnerships with Chicagoland PreK-12 schools and districts. In the northwest suburbs of Chicago, instructional leaders from Districts 15, 25, 59, 211 and 214 worked hand-in-hand with Roosevelt faculty to design this unique dual concentration program in 2014-2015. In Chicago, instructional leaders from the Chicago Public Schools and other independent schools came together for the same purpose to launch a new Chicago-based cohort in Fall 2017. Today, Partnership Steering Committees in both Schaumburg and Chicago meet regularly to admit candidates, update training and instruction, and assess outcomes.

A subsidiary partnership with the national nonprofit organization Kids At Hope (KAH) is a distinctive feature of the program. KAH’s Train The Trainer Certificate is built into the core coursework, and enhances leadership skills for acting on the belief that “all children are capable of success—no exceptions.”

Roger Chamberlain
, Program Director
Laura Lag
, Department Contact

Expectations & Requirements


Future principals and teacher leaders get their start here, gaining the skills they need to advance their careers and have a broad impact on schools and districts. Students can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging and intensive discussions and small group projects, and multiple opportunities to complete field experiences and projects that dovetail with individual goals and school improvement plans.

Sample Courses

  • Building School Culture and Collaboration with Diverse Stakeholders
  • Supervision and Evaluation in an Age of Accountability
  • Mentoring, Coaching and Other Leadership Frameworks
  • Principal Intership I
  • Teacher Leader Practicum


Roger Chamberlain
Deciding to become a school principal is one of the most important decisions that a teacher can ever make. Our program guides candidates through this process from start to finish, and provides an outstanding framework for success in cultivating enhanced student achievement and well-being.
Roger Chamberlain
​Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Roosevelt University
"This new program reflects model collaboration between Roosevelt University, three elementary districts, and two high school districts. Six meetings took place at our district office over a period of about nine months, with lots of give and take among the various participants about the particular shape and features of the new leadership program. The program that has been developed will definitely help us meet our leadership needs in the future because it is grounded in the needs, complexities, and contexts of the school partners."
Lori Bein - Educational Leadership '95
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  • 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.
  • 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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