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Introduction 

The Teacher Leader Endorsement option is for students who hold a previous master’s degree and a professional educator license. The program builds upon one’s own classroom experience, knowledge, and skills to further develop leadership and mentoring capacity that may be used in school or district-wide. The program builds leadership skills by teaching candidates to use research and data to improve educational outcomes, by increasing digital literacy and learning, and by fostering collaborative relationships within the school and community.

Program Benefits 

Northeastern Illinois University’s Teacher Leader Endorsement (only) program allows those teachers who have a master's degree and an Illinois teaching license to:

  • increase their leadership roles and job responsibilities by earning the Teacher Leader Endorsement as recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education
  • build upon the teacher’s own classroom experience, knowledge, and skills to further develop the teacher’s leadership and mentoring capacity that may be used school or district-wide (but not in the capacity of a school principal)
  • build leadership skills by using research and data to improve educational outcomes, by increasing digital literacy and learning, and by fostering collaborative relationships within the school and community
  • promote the understanding of diverse student populations in schools so as to develop personal and school-wide success that will ultimately improve the classroom, curriculum, student learning, and school culture. 

Career Options 

Students will be able to pursue a multitude of careers including:

  • Teacher Leaders

  • Department Chairs

  • Educational Outreach Coordinator

  • School Board Leadership

  • Curriculum Developers

  • Lead School Improvement Committees

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Teacher Leader Endorsement, and the courses offered toward the program.

Teacher Leader Endorsement

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies at (773) 442-5517.

Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to more than 10,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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