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Teacher Leader endorsement

The Teacher Leader Endorsement program is a cross-disciplinary program that provides practicing teachers who desire to take on diverse leadership roles with knowledge of both curriculum studies and educational leadership, which will allow them to become effective and competent leaders. 

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 teachers, engage peers by leading data-driven discussions and serve as catalysts for change by looking for better ways to generate analysis for student learning and success.

The Teacher Leader program is designed for individuals who are educators in K-12 environments who have earned a master's degree and 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.


The Teacher Leader Endorsement program allows students who have already obtained a master's degree an opportunity to obtain the Teacher Leader Endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education, 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 courses 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 Teacher Leader Endorsement program includes 10 courses (40 quarter hours) in Education Leadership, Curriculum Studies and Bilingual/Bicultural Education.

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

This graduate certificate program is approved as a Gainful Employment Program through the US Department of Education and is, therefore, eligible for Federal Student Aid.  Disclosure Statements about occupations, on-time graduation rate, tuition and fees, and median loan debt for this program can be found at​​​​​​