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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 include:

  • EDL 585: Foundations of Teacher Leadership, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 541: Educational Research, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 542: Teacher Leadership, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 543: Instructional Design, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 586: MTL Capstone, 4 credit hours

Elective course options include:

  • EDL 515: Online Teaching and Learning, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 516: Instructional Design and Technology, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 517: Educational Technology Leadership, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 538: Middle School Methods and Philosophy, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 539: Adolescent Learning and Development, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 544: Expectations, standards, and School Improvement, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 545: Supervision of Instruction for Teacher Leadership, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 546: Teachers in the Learning Community, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 547: Technology in the Curriculum, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 548: Reading and Literacy, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 549: Strategies for improving Teaching Language Arts/Social Studies, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 551: Strategies for Improving Teaching Math/Science, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 553: Assessment of Learning Difficulties/Disabilities, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 554: Characteristics of Exceptional Children, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 555: Foundations for Technology in the Curriculum, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 557: Matching Teaching and Learning Styles, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 558: Strategies for Teaching Special Needs I, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 559: Strategies for Teaching Special Needs II, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 560: Introduction to Illinois’ Natural Resources for Teachers, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 563: Mentoring for Excellence in Teaching, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 564: Technology Strategies for Teachers, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 565: Addressing Quality Improvement in the Educational Setting, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 566: Strategies for Teaching Early Childhood, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 567: Learning Improvement through Student Accountability, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 570: NBPTs: Issues and Trends, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 571: NBPTS Certification Assistance I, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 572: NBPTS Certification Assistance II, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 573: Survey of Exceptional Children, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 574: Critical Legal Issues In Education, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 575: Legal Aspects Of Special Education, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 576: Educational Workplace: Legal Risks, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 577: Schools In The Legal System, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 578: Educational Workplace: Employee Issues, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 579: Collective Bargaining Issues, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 580: Teacher, Parent, and Student Rights, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 581: Educational Workplace: Legal Issues, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 582: Political Action and Advocacy, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 583: Teaching Law in K-12 Schools, 2 credit hours
  • EDL 587: Introduction to Illinois Woodlands for Teachers, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 588: Introduction to Illinois Prairies for Teachers, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 589: Introduction to Illinois Geological Processes for Teachers, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 591: Introduction to Illinois Aquatic Ecology for Teachers, 4 credit hours

    English as Second Language (ESL) Courses include:

  • EDL 550: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language Students, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 584: Assessment of the English as a Second Language Student, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 592: Linguistics, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 594: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as Second Language Students, 4 credit hours
  • EDL 595: Clinical Experience for ESL Letter of Approval/Endorsement, 2 credit hours (100 clinical hours or meet requirements of Illinois State Board of Education ESL Letter of Approval)