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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.

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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)




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. You will choose from online courses or in-class meetings one night a week in an eight-week format. Some courses occur 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

To apply for McKendree’s MAED in Teacher Leadership Licensure, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. We consider applicants on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, or religion.

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

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. An essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by the student’s completion of the program.

6. Three professional references.
7. 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).


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