North Central College Now Offers Teacher Leadership Master of Education Degree

North Central College just introduced a new Teacher Leader master’s degree program in education, and also state endorsement for educators.

The new Teacher Leader degree is made for the teacher who has a professional education license and is interested in getting more leadership training and more professional responsibilities. All educators who earn their Teacher Leader degree can then move into jobs as a coach or mentor, lead committees on curriculum standards, become chairs of departments, lead all types of school improvements, and serve on leadership teams in schools.

This new Teacher Leader program, which does not require the GRE, provides yet another choice for educators, which will give you a Teacher Leader endorsement from Illinois. The college already is offering one of the best masters in Education options for Teacher Leadership in Curriculum/Instruction, and also an Education Leadership and Administration Master of Education with principal endorsement.

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An Illinois Teacher Leadership Degree will give those teachers who have gotten more leadership training to work in intermediate leadership roles, and keeping a role in their classroom.

An associate professor at North Central College stated recently that the Teacher Leader option is well suited for teachers who want to look at leadership but are not yet sure about being a principal. The program is providing encouragement to teachers to go through a gateway program that will help the teachers to define themselves as potential leaders, and how much they want to lead.

The new Teacher Leader program provides flexibility to fit the candidate’s educational background. Candidates who have their master’s degree in education can take 24 credit hours at North Central and earn their Teacher Leader credential. Or, candidates can take 33 credit hours and earn their Teacher Leader endorsement, as well as a master’s degree from the college.

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Teachers from districts and schools who were partners with the college can enroll in the first 3 classes of the new Teacher Leader degree program at a 50% lower rate. North Central College has formed formal partnerships with five districts, six high schools, eight middle schools and also nine elementary schools.

The IL State Board of Education approved the new, no GRE Teacher Leader program at North Central College, as well as the endorsement program as a part of the university’s Graduate Education program. North Central is one of the first institutions in the state of Illinois that is earning approval to offer this new master’s option for teachers.

North Central College has been providing a top notch education to educators for more than 150 years. Today the program is continuing to offer a high quality teacher education to the most qualified teaching professionals. State licensure requirements have gotten more demanding lately, and the standards at the university have risen. North Central College has now aligned its entire curriculum with Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. 

No GRE Master in Education programs are becoming more popular than ever before, and it is good to see North Central College join their ranks.