Master of Arts in Education (MAED) in Teacher Leadership Licensure


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

Are you a current educator with a desire to advance in your career field? McKendree’s MAED in Teacher Leadership Licensure gives you the ability to take on new management roles outside the classroom. From positions such as department chair and athletic director to dean of students and curriculum team leader, you will gain the skills you need to grow your career in education leadership.




Curriculum Requirements

The Teacher Leadership Licensure program consists of 32 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)

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)




McKendree’s MAED in Teacher Leadership Licensure is designed specifically for full-time educators, whose jobs and personal responsibilities are just as important as their educational goals. This program is offered 100% online, through asynchronous and synchronous learning, with the majority of the courses offered in an eight-week format. Some courses are designed in a 16-week format to meet the requirements of the class.




See what it is really like to work in a leadership role by shadowing a certified school administrator for a semester, all while continuing to teach at your own job site. You will develop helpful networking contacts and grow your list of portfolio activities as you observe school leadership firsthand.



Interesting Courses


  • Leadership Theory: In this course, you will develop your skills to become a visionary school leader and how you can use that vision to improve an entire organization. Students will learn about practices to improve teaching and learning for all students, including gifted, special needs, early childhood, and at-risk learners.

  • School and Community Relations: Find out how effective leaders in education work with parents, community leaders, government officials, media, and local organizations to create beneficial partnerships that creates a learning environment leading to student growth.


Admission Requirements

McKendree University admits students who present evidence of their potential to complete graduate level work. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion. The following documentation is required for consideration of admission:

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

2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those sent from institution to institution.

4. A minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.

5. A current resume or vita.

6. Three professional references.

7. Essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by completion of the degree.

Teacher Leadership Licensure Requirements

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

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



Key Faculty


Photo of Dr. Jay GobleDr. Jay Goble

Piper Academic Center (PAC) 200
(618) 537-2157



Photo of Dr. Kelly StewartDr. Kelly Stewart

300 Stanton St., 2nd Floor
(618) 537-6549