Program Overview

McKendree University's graduate program in Teacher Leadership is ideal for those in the education industry looking to take the next step in their professional careers.  Students in this program have the opportunity to explore current education theory while also learning practical tips they can use in the classroom.  Coursework examines the major social issues affecting this generation's students and helps those in the program develop the tools necessary to accommodate every student's unique needs.  Students of this program will also consider the importance of collaboration with parents, fellow colleagues, and the community.

Students of the Teacher Leadership program are taught proficiency in the Illinois Professional Teacher Standards and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in three phases.  First, students are oriented with the standards and given a brief self-assessment.  Next, students are taught the knowledge and predispositions required by the standards.  Finally, students must demonstrate proficiency implementing the standards.  Progress is evaluated continuously throughout the program through a portfolio aligned with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

This program consists of 32-33 hours of coursework, and can be completed in as few as five semesters (including summers).  Courses cover a variety of topics including Curriculum Design, School Law, Education Research and Statistics, and Education Philosophy.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be conditionally admitted.

    School Overview

    McKendree University is a four-year private school located in Lebanon, Illinois. The school was formed by pioneer Methodists and is still affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Established in 1828, McKendree University is the oldest college in Illinois.

    McKendree University offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. McKendree University is made up of the following academic schools:

    • College of Arts and Science
    • School of Business
    • School of Nursing and Health Professions
    • School of Education

    Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. McKendree University offers online bachelor's and master's degree programs. Online classes begin every 8 weeks. All courses are designed by our campus faculty and pass a rigorous review of their peers.


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