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

      • gain greater intellectual and ethical insight.

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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.

Curriculum Requirements

The Teacher Leadership Licensure program consists of 33 hours of course work. Additional curriculum information can be found in the graduate catalog.

Course Number

Course Title


EDL 610

Supervision of Instruction


EDL 620

School Law


EDL 630

Leadership Theory


EDL 640

School and Community Relations


EDL 694

Internship in Teacher Leadership


EDL 699

Portfolio Assessment


EDU 600

Professional Educator Seminar


EDU 611

Curriculum Theory and Design


EDU 612

Instructional and Curricular Design and Evaluation


EDU 615

Contemporary Issues in Education


EDU 641

Educational Research & Statistics


EDU 645 Action Research Planning


SPE 691 Adapting the Curriculum for Students with Special Needs



Class Format

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


McKendree offers the Teacher Leadership Licensure program at:

          • Lebanon campus

          • Chester High School

          • John A. Logan Campus

          • O’Fallon High School


          • Sandoval High School


          • Waterloo High School

Transfer Credit Restriction

No more than nine (9) semester credits will be accepted in transfer and cannot be more than six (6) years old. Transfer credit must be submitted for approval prior to or during the first semester of enrollment.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission or complete the request for additional information form.

Office of Graduate Admission

701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254

(618) 537-6576
800-BEARCAT ext. 6576


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