Course List

The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MTL) program is a 40 credit hour degree program. Degree requirements include 20 credit hours of required coursework and 20 credit hours of elective coursework. Official course descriptions are available online on the University of Illinois at Springfield Official Course Description website.

Required Courses

  • EDL 585: Foundations of Teacher Leadership, 4 credits
  • EDL 541: Educational Research, 4 credits
  • EDL 542: Teacher Leadership, 4 credits
  • EDL 543: Assessment for Learning, 4 credits
  • EDL 586: MTL Capstone, 4 credits

Elective Course Options

Educational Technology

  • EDL 515: Online Teaching and Learning, 4 credits
  • EDL 516: Instructional Design and Technology, 4 credits
  • EDL 517: Educational Technology Leadership, 4 credits
  • EDL 518: Educational Technology Systems, 4 credits
  • EDL 547: Technology in the Curriculum, 4 credits
  • EDL 555: Foundation for Technology in the Curriculum, 4 credits
  • EDL 564: Technology Strategies for Teachers, 4 credits

Middle School

  • EDL 538: Middle School Methods and Philosophy, 4 credits
  • EDL 539: Adolescent Learning and Development, 4 credits

Learning Behavior Specialist 1

  • EDL 553: Assessment of Students’ Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, 4 credits
  • EDL 554: Characteristics of Exceptional Children, 4  credits
  • EDL 558/559: Strategies for Teaching Children with Special Needs I and II, 2 credits each
  • EDL 573: Survey of Exceptional Children, 4 credits

School Improvement

  • EDL 544: Expectations, standards, and School Improvement, 4 credits
  • EDL 545: Supervision of Instruction for Teacher Leadership, 4 credits
  • EDL 546: Teachers in the Learning Community, 4 credits
  • EDL 548: Reading and Literacy, 4 credits
  • EDL 549: Strategies for improving Teaching Language Arts/Social Studies, 4 credits
  • EDL 551: Strategies for Improving Teaching Math/Science, 4 credits
  • EDL 557: Matching Teaching and Learning Styles, 4 credits
  • EDL 563: Mentoring for Excellence in Teaching, 4 credits
  • EDL 565: Addressing Quality Improvement in the Educational Setting, 4 credits
  • EDL 566: Strategies for Teaching Early Childhood, 4 credits
  • EDL 567: Learning Improvement through Student Accountability,    4 credits

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

  • EDL 570: NBPTs: Issues and Trends, 4 credits
  • EDL 571: NBPTS Certification Assistance I, 2 credits
  • EDL 572: NBPTS Certification Assistance II, 2 credits

Legal Aspects of Education

  • EDL 574: Critical Legal Issues In Education, 2 credits
  • EDL 575: Legal Aspects Of Special Education, 2 credits
  • EDL 576: Educational Workplace: Legal Risks, 2 credits
  • EDL 577: Schools In The Legal System, 2 credits
  • EDL 578: Educational Workplace: Employee Issues, 2 credits
  • EDL 579: Collective Bargaining Issues, 2 credits
  • EDL 580: Teacher, Parent, and Student Rights, 2 credits
  • EDL 581: Educational Workplace: Legal Issues, 2 credits
  • EDL 582: Political Action and Advocacy, 2 credits
  • EDL 583: Teaching Law in K-12 Schools, 2 credits

Natural Resources

  • EDL 560: Introduction to Illinois Natural Resources for Teachers,     4 credits
  • EDL 587: Introduction to Illinois Woodlands for Teachers, 4 credits
  • EDL 588: Introduction to Illinois Prairies for Teachers, 4 credits
  • EDL 589: Introduction to Illinois Geological Processes for Teachers, 4 credits
  • EDL 591: Introduction to Illinois Aquatic Ecology for Teachers,          4 credits

    English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • EDL 550: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language Students, 4 credits
  • EDL 584: Assessment of the English as a Second Language Student,    4 credits
  • EDL 592: Linguistics, 4 credits
  • EDL 593: Cross-Cultural Studies of Teaching English as a Second Language, 4 Credits
  • EDL 594: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as Second Language Students, 4 credits
  • **EDL 595: Clinical Experience for English as a Second Language,      2 credits

**Letter of Approval/Endorsement (100 clinical hours or meet requirements of Illinois State Board of Education ESL Letter of Approval)