Master of Arts in Community and Teacher Leaders

NEIU offers a Master of Arts degree for those individuals seeking an advanced degree in Community and Teacher Leaders. The program is designed to develop knowledge, dispositions, and skills to foster reflective, collaborative and transformative leaders in both community and school settings. Specifically, students will learn to harness the collective knowledge of community members and educators to have a positive impact on community and school success in both traditional and non-traditional settings; promote collaborative governance and leadership in communities and schools with a consistent focus on improved outcomes; model excellence in community leadership and teaching with a strong foundation in transforming the climate; and provide coaching, mentoring, and support to educators and community members to promote and influence change.  Instructional strategies include research, inquiry, analysis, and evaluation as well digital literacy and technology skills.  

Students may select one of two concentrations: community leadership or school-based teacher leadership. While both the Community and Teacher Leaders concentration lead to a Master of Arts degree, the Teacher Leader concentration also leads to a Teacher Leader Endorsement as recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. Teachers who already have a Master degree and an Illinois teaching license may take a subset of these courses to earn only the Teacher Leader endorsement. This school-based teacher leader concentration provides knowledge and skills related to leadership and mentoring, professional development, promoting school culture that focuses on student learning, using data to improve educational outcomes, and building collaborative relationships with stakeholders. The community-based leader concentration provides knowledge and skills that foster leadership in ethical and culturally sensitive public engagement, acknowledgement and consideration of the complexities of local and global communities, and leverages community assets to promote social justice.

Teacher Leader Endorsement (Endorsement Only option)

NEIU's Teacher Leader Endorsement (only) program allows those teachers who have a Master degree and an Illinois teaching license to increase their leadership roles and job responsibilities by earning the Teacher Leader Endorsement as recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Teacher Leader Endorsement program will build upon the teacher's own classroom experience, knowledge, and skills to further develop the teacher's leadership and mentoring capacity that may be used school or district-wide (but not in the capacity of a school principal). The program builds leadership skills by using research and data to improve educational outcomes, by increasing digital literacy and learning, and by fostering collaborative relationships within the school and community. These leadership skills will help to promote the understanding of diverse student populations in schools so as to develop personal and school-wide success that will ultimately improve the classroom, curriculum, student learning, and school culture.

Master of Arts in Community and Teacher Leaders

Required Courses
EDFN-410Education As A Social Institution3
EDFN-413Power, Communities And Change3
EDFN-441Digital Literacy: Learning And Leadership3
EDFN-451Research Methods3
EDFN-458A Seminar I3
EDFN-458B Seminar II3
Electives (choose four courses) - with consultation of advisor12
Total Hours30

The electives can be taken in any semester and can be chosen by the student in consultation with the advisor; the selection of the electives can be university wide depending on the student’s interest and needs. 

Teacher Leader Endorsement (ONLY)

Core courses
EDFN-410Education As A Social Institution3
EDFN-413Power, Communities And Change3
EDFN-441Digital Literacy: Learning And Leadership3
EDFN-451Research Methods3
EDFN 458A Seminar I3
Total Hours15
 

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
EDFN-410Education As A Social Institution3
EDFN-441Digital Literacy: Learning And Leadership3
Elective3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
EDFN-451Research Methods3
EDFN-413Power, Communities And Change3
Elective3
 Term Hours9
Term 3
EDFN 458A Seminar I3
Elective3
 Term Hours6
Second Year
Term 1
EDFN 458B Seminar II3
Elective3
 Term Hours6
 Total Hours: 30