Teacher Leadership Program

Developing Leadership Skills in
Schools and Communities

The Teacher Leadership Program at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy researches the impact of teacher leadership, develops educators’ leadership skills, and promotes teacher leadership in schools and communities.

In today’s globally connected and constantly changing world, teachers and educational leaders are charged with understanding and responding to challenges in our classrooms, schools, and communities. Leaders in these educational spaces use research, data, science, and best practice to transform teaching and learning.

The Teacher Leadership Program at Northwestern helps educators develop these necessary skills without leaving their first love – the classroom.

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


Master of Science in Education in Teacher Leadership

Master of Science in Education in Teacher Leadership


The degree courses in Teacher Leadership address the Teacher Leader Model Standards adopted by most major educational organizations including the NEA and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

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Workshops, Conferences, Institutes, and Short Courses

Workshops, Conferences, Institutes, and Short Courses


We offer workshops and multiple day “Institutes” that delve into a specific topic that is of immediate relevance to teachers, administrators, and others

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Certificate of Advanced Study in Teacher Leadership

Certificate of Advanced Study in Teacher Leadership


Credit-bearing courses can be taken individually or in a strand of four or more courses to receive a “Certificate of Advanced Study in Teacher Leadership” from Northwestern University.

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Hear From Our Graduates

Zach McArthur

"The best aspect of the Teacher Leadership Program at Northwestern was the enduring relationships with professors, who continue to mentor me and send me opportunities years after graduation."

Zach McArthur

Consulting and Research

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This Program conducts research on Teacher Leadership to help further define this growing field and study its impact on student learning, schools, and communities both locally and globally. Based on research and practice, the Teacher Leadership Program educates others about Teacher Leadership and develops policy statements that will promote a greater understanding of teacher leadership. We also provide consulting and support to school personnel and leaders on a variety of topics, customized for each school context.


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