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Master's in Dual Language Teacher Leadership, MA

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Implement innovative instructional and leadership strategies that support dual language education with a MA in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL). We prepare licensed teachers to teach 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.

This 30-credit hour MA program is designed to prepare licensed early childhood, elementary and secondary teachers to be Dual Language teacher leaders. Required courses are aligned with Illinois Teaching and Leadership Standards, the National Teacher Leader Model Standards and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, meeting the Illinois State Board of Education ESL/Bilingual Endorsement requirements for the Teacher Leader Endorsement.

The ESL/Bilingual Endorsement and the Teacher Leader Endorsement can be added to a State of Illinois teaching license upon completing the program.


Why Roosevelt for Your Master’s Degree

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Experience a Dynamic Learning Environment

Students can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging discussion and small group projects, and multiple opportunities for the completion of field experiences and projects.

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Gain Practical Experience

A practicum and capstone course develop the skills needed to continuously advocate for improving Bilingual and Dual Language programming and instructional practices.

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Take Advantage of this Federally-Recognized Program

In 2017, the Dual Language Teacher Leadership graduate program was awarded a five-year $2.3 million dollar grant by the U.S. Department of Education. This program is the only one of its kind in Illinois.


“It’s really important for me to work with young children who are heritage speakers and to provide them with the opportunity to get their culture and language back.”

Read Jessica's Story

Jessica Fong, 2018
MA, Dual Language Teacher Leadership, Roosevelt University


“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
Associate Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education, Roosevelt University