About the Department
This Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MTL) online program is a vibrant, holistic, global master’s degree and professional development program. Our graduates are known as teacher-leaders who excel in their teaching environments and non-administrative leadership roles in their organizations and communities. The program is recognized for its leading edge use of technology, its innovative presentations of practical knowledge and skills, and its ability to provide enhanced access to affordable quality education that exceeds state and national standards of excellence in education. MTL is also a valuable aid in preparing for National Certification (NBPTS).
MTL is designed specifically for educators in a classroom situation who wish to assume leadership roles in their environments. This degree does not lead to the Teacher Leader Endorsement issued by the Illinois State Board of Education. The MTL program also serves professionals outside the field of education desiring to assume training or leadership roles within their professional setting whom are seeking to gain knowledge in the areas of technology, leadership, and teaching methodologies.
Courses are offered entirely online, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing students to choose the most convenient time to attend class. Students are allowed the unique opportunity to learn and network with professionals globally. Students receive regular feedback on assignments and faculty members are easily accessible by e-mail or phone. Technical assistance is available through the campus technical support system 7-days a week.
MTL is characterized by lectures, text reading, discussions, and projects, with emphasis on reflection and writing. All course projects are designed with a classroom application focus. Courses include studies in teaching, leadership, research, technology use, and a master’s closure project. Students are able to individualize their program of study throughout a broad offering of elective courses focusing within the categories of school improvement, technology, special education, school law, middle school, subject-matter content, and National Board Certification, and English as a Second Language.
Courses in MTL meet the requirement for teacher certificate renewal. Two courses facilitate master teaching certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
MTL = Community and Connections—A Community of Master Teachers and Leaders Online and Around the World!
- Legal Aspects of Education Graduate Certificate
- English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate
- Learning Behavior Specialist 1 Coursework
- National Board Certificate Coursework
- Partnership with Illinois Department of Natural Resources