Educational Leadership - Teacher Leader

Today's leaders in education are faced with increasingly complex challenges that require the ability to support academic excellence and the retention of diverse students. They must develop their skills to shape and inform policy, collaborate with stakeholders, build consensus, coordinate institutional services, and be accountable for strategic outcomes.

The two-year Educational Leadership - Teacher Leader master's degree program offers a powerful, discipline-based curriculum with a problem-solving orientation that prepares effective and principled decision-makers for administrative positions in K-12 schools. The program is cross-disciplinary, providing practicing teachers who desire to take on myriad leadership roles with knowledge of curriculum development and effective administration, which will allow them to be capable leaders in their local school community.

Teacher leaders can be resource providers to other teachers, helping them implement effective teaching strategies, and classroom supporters who assist teachers in developing new ideas through demonstration or co-teaching.  Teacher leaders can facilitate professional learning opportunities for other teachers, engage peers by leading data-driven discussions, and continue to serve as catalysts for change by looking for better ways to generate analysis for student learning and success.

This program is geared toward educators in K-12 environments who are seeking to become leaders in districts or schools as department chairs, team leaders, and other school leaders, but who are not seeking principalship.

The program's core curriculum includes a foundational course in school-wide visioning of English Language learners (ELL), a serious need in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its admissions requirements and how to apply.

Degree Program

Master of Education (MEd)


The Educational Leadership - Teacher Leader master's degree program includes coursework required by the Illinois State Board of Education for the Teacher Leader endorsement, which can be added to an Illinois Professional Educator license.

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, DePaul College of Education offers graduate courses that meet on weekday evenings. Other course delivery options within the program include hybrid courses (a blend of on-campus and online classes) and fully online courses. In addition, students may choose their pace through this program, selecting a full-time course load (two course per quarter) to complete the program in two years, or a part-time course load (one course per quarter) to complete the program in three years.

Program Requirements

The Educational Leadership - Teacher Leader master's degree program includes 10 core courses that are taken by all students,  two specialization courses, and an Educational Leadership capstone course. The capstone course is a culminating, project-based experience.

Want to learn more? For detailed information about program requirements, see the official DePaul University Graduate Catalog.