Instructional Leadership, MA

Offered in: Schaumburg

The program in educational leadership is designed for students who wish to be educational leaders in schools, postsecondary institutions, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, and government.

The MA in Instructional Leadership prepares licensed teachers to become teacher leaders, assistant principals, and principals in diverse schools and community contexts. All goals, activities, outcomes, field experiences, assessments, and internship courses meet state rules and regulations and are aligned with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC, 2008) Standards and the College of Education's Conceptual Framework.

The program works in close partnership with five school districts in the northwest Chicago suburbs to admit candidates, deliver training and instruction, and assess outcomes. A subsidiary partnership with the national non-profit organization Kids At Hope (KAH) also is a distinctive feature of the degree. KAH works with schools and other community-based agencies to implement strategies that strengthen the belief that "all children are capable of success -- no exceptions."

Admission

Applications to the MA degree in Instructional Leadership are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Two years of successful teaching on a valid and current Illinois teaching license, at least two letters of recommendation from supervisors attesting to students' academic growth and the applicant's leadership activities and potential, a personal essay, and the approval of the Partnership Steering Committee are required for admission to the MA degree program. For a full description of all the admission requirements, contact the Office of Admission or the program coordinator. A meeting with the program coordinator is strongly recommended prior to the submission of the admission application and documentation.

Requirements

Six core courses (18 credit hours) define the MA degree in Instructional Leadership. All courses must be passed with grades of C or higher to earn the degree. A cumulative 3.0 grade point average is required for continuing enrollment.

Core Courses
ILED 401ASSESSMENT AND DATA ANALYSIS3
ILED 411LEADERSHIP FOR ALL STUDENTS3
ILED 412BUILDING SCHOOL CULTURE AND COLLABORATION WITH DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS3
ILED 420INSTRUCTIONAL SUPERVISION AND EVALUATION IN AN AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY3
ILED 430MENTOR COACH & LEAD FRAMEWORKS3
ILED 435ORGANIZING AND DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM3
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations:12-15
Principal Endorsement
Teacher Leader
Total Credit Hours30-33

Concentrations

The MA in Instructional Leadership offers two concentrations: Principal Endorsement and Teacher Leader. The selection of a concentration should be done in collaboration with the program coordinator. Enrollment in the Principal Endorsement Concentration requires a second level of admission vetting.

Principal Endorsement Concentration

To earn admission to the 15 credit hour Principal Endorsement Concentration, all candidates must have already earned admission to the MA in Instructional Leadership. In addition, candidates must present evidence of a passing score on the ILTS Test of Basic Skills or TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency), successfully present a portfolio of artifacts documenting the leadership achievements and potential of the candidate, sit for an interview and successfully complete a written response to scenarios. For a full description of all the admission requirements, contact the program coordinator. A meeting with the program coordinator is strongly recommended before applying for admission.

Successful completion of the following courses and all other state requirements will lead to the Principal Endorsement on an Illinois Professional Educator license.

ILED 440PLANNING, DELIVERING, AND ASSESSING SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS3
ILED 451SCHOOL MANAGEMENT & BUDGET3
ILED 453LEGAL ISSUES IN PRE-K TO 12 EDUCATION (LEGAL ISSUES IN PRE-K-12 EDUC)3
ILED 463PRINCIPAL INTERNSHIP I2
ILED 464PRINCIPAL INTERNSHIP II2
ILED 465PRINCIPAL INTERNSHIP III (PRINCIPAL INTERNSHIP III)2
Total Credit Hours15

Teacher Leader Concentration

Successful completion of the Teacher Leader Concentration entitles students to Teacher Leader Endorsements on their Illinois Professional Educator Licenses. Students can earn endorsements by successfully completing the two courses listed below. In order to complete the MA degree in Instructional Leadership with the Teacher Leader Concentration, students will need to take two additional electives, for a total of 30 credit hours. Typical electives are courses in reading, special education, and bilingual education; however, graduate courses in specific content areas (e.g., math) also are acceptable. Students should consult with the program coordinator about the elective courses that best meet their leadership needs.

ILED 440PLANNING, DELIVERING, AND ASSESSING SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS3
ILED 460TEACHER LEADER PRACTICUM3
Select two additional electives6
Total Credit Hours12