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MAED in Teacher Leadership Licensure


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Why a Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leadership Licensure?

The graduate program in Teacher Leadership Licensure is designed for educators who want to continue developing their professional commitment and competence while seeking an Illinois Teacher Leadership License. This license gives individuals the ability to:

  • have entry level leadership positions in their schools, such as Department Chairs, Athletic Directors, Dean of Students, Curriculum Team Leaders, Grade Level Leaders, etc.,

  • in the future advance their knowledge to obtain a license to become an Assistant Principal or Principal,

  • examine current educational theory and practice and explore a variety of viewpoints to reflectively develop their professional competence and leadership style,

  • explore social issues affecting teachers and students, and expand their awareness of and respect for the unique development of schools, teachers and students,

  • consider effective collaboration and accountability to students, parents, colleagues, and the community, and

  • re-examine the development of values and professional ethics, and

  • prepare for the state required teacher evaluation modules.




Curriculum Requirements

The Teacher Leadership Licensure program consists of 33 hours of course work.

EDL 610 - Supervision of Instruction (3 Credits)

EDL 620 - School Law (3 Credits)

EDL 630 - Leadership Theory (3 Credits)

EDL 640 - School and Community Relations (3 Credits)

EDL 694 - Internship in Teacher Leadership (3 Credits)

EDL 699 - Portfolio Assessment (1 Credit)

EDU 600 - Professional Educator Seminar (0 Credit)

EDU 611 - Curriculum Theory and Design (3 Credits)

EDU 612 - Instructional and Curricular Design and Evaluation (3 Credits)

EDU 615 - Contemporary Issues in Education (3 Credits)

EDU 641 - Educational Research & Statistics (3 Credits)

EDU 645 - Action Research Planning (2 Credits)

SPE 691 - Adapting the Curriculum for Students with Special Needs (3 Credits)


Admission Requirements

McKendree welcomes applications from students holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution who seek a challenging educational experience in a stimulating and friendly environment. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, or religion.

The following documentation and/or components are required for consideration for admission to Master of Arts in Education:

1. A completed graduate admission application. (no fee)

2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those that are mailed from institution to institution.

3. A current vita or resume.

4. A minimum 3.0 G.P.A. on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies. Applicants with a G.P.A. below 3.0 may be conditionally admitted.

5. Three professional references.

6. Applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview to assess readiness for graduate studies.

Teacher Leadership Licensure Requirements

The following Teacher Leadership Licensure requirements will be verified at the time of admission to the university:

  • At least one year of teaching experience as teacher of record in a certified school (public, private, or parochial). Experience as an aide, substitute teacher, part-time teacher, etc. is not sufficient.

  • Evidence of a valid and current Illinois teaching certificate (e.g., early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12, or special preschool-age 21 certificates).

  • Evidence of a passing score on the test of basic skills/test of academic proficiency.




This program is formatted for the working professional. Classes are offered in an eight-week format, one night a week (there are a few courses that are in the 16-week format due to the requirement of the courses).





The internship consists of a one semester, 160 hour practical experience and allows the individual to continue their teaching at their own job site.



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