If you are a certified teacher with three or more years of teaching experience, the Teacher Leadership concentration will enhance your professional skills and increase your earning potential. Course work will prepare you to serve as a department chair or curriculum head in your school. Completing this degree program will allow you to add a teacher leadership endorsement to a current Illinois Professional Educator License.
Distinguish yourself as an educator through Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, consistently ranked among the top 10 graduate schools of education nationwide.
Students in the Teacher Leadership concentration customize their course work by choosing a focus area.
Possible focus areas include (but are not limited to) the following:
- The Gifted
Distinctions of the Teacher Leadership Concentration
Full-time students may complete the degree in one calendar year. Students may also pursue the degree part-time and begin the program in any academic quarter. Core courses except for student teaching meet once a week in the evenings to accommodate working students.
Focus on Reflection and Inquiry
Our students learn to become truly reflective educators who are able to continuously assess and improve their own professional practice.
Emphasis on Social Contexts of Education
Effective teachers understand their students’ social and cultural contexts and the roles of schools in society. You will learn about the social contexts of education and have field experiences in both urban and suburban schools.
Faculty conduct courses in a collaborative environment that helps a diverse group of outstanding students best take advantage of the knowledge, insights and experiences of their peers.
An informal gathering of prospective students, staff, instructors and current students.