About The Program

About The Program

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Tim Dohrer

Teacher Leadership Program

The Teacher Leadership Program at Northwestern helps educators develop leadership skills for themselves while remaining firmly planted in the classroom. Teachers continue to grow as teacher scholars while also sharpening their leadership skills related to equity, change, coaching, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and policy.

By drawing on our expertise in the learning sciences, human development and learning, and social policy, we develop educators who are committed to social and cultural transformation. You will be well prepared to advance equity and social justice-based learning environments, engage within communities, understand learning and development, and foster subject matter sense-making.

Features of the Teacher Leadership Program

Educators have access to multiple options, from micro-credentials and workshops to a full master’s degree in Teacher Leadership.These workshops and courses are led by experienced educators, leaders, and researchers with a focus on developing personal leadership skills in teachers.

  • Workshops, Conferences, Institutes, and Short Courses
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Teacher Leadership
  • Master of Science in Education and Social Policy in Teacher Leadership
  • Consulting and Research

All degree courses are offered online to provide a convenient pathway for busy teachers. Candidates take 12 courses in areas such as leading for equity, formative and summative assessment, instructional coaching, and building a culture of learning.

 A requirement of the degree program is a two-quarter practicum of leadership activities based in a school or district which is supported by our instructors, mentors, and staff. Often, the practicum is used as a basis for a candidate’s master’s project in Teacher Leadership.

The degree courses in Teacher Leadership address the Teacher Leader Model Standards adopted by most major educational organizations including the National Education Association, Educational Testing Service and the National Board of Professional Teaching.

In Illinois, the program meets the requirements for an endorsement in Teacher Leadership. These courses and coursework are also uniquely Northwestern, drawing on the leading-edge research within the School of Education and Social Policy in learning sciences, human development, and social policy.

Contact Us

Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458

Email: teacherleadership@northwestern.edu