Karen A. Dowling, Ph.D., Director
Luke Bennett, Ed.D., Coordinator
For the Teacher Leader Endorsement in Illinois, a minimum of 24 hours of coursework is required. A master’s degree is mandatory before an endorsement can be issued. A 10-hour practicum is embedded in each Teacher Leader course, which provides candidates with the opportunity to utilize theory and apply it to practice. Candidates must complete their practicum requirements in schools with a diverse population (which means that 20% or more of the school’s populace must be comprised of a diverse population other than the majority population of the school).
The following additional courses may be added to the endorsement courses, leading to a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to complete the program.