The M.A. in Community and Teacher Leaders is different from other programs because it allows students to:

  • Enroll in an affordable cohort model master's program
  • Complete a master's degree in approximately a year and a half
  • Have the option to enroll in a teacher leader endorsement only sequence that consists of five courses (15 credit hours). This option is offered to students who have earned an M.A. already and a license to teach in Illinois. 
  • Engage in a program that was intentionally designed for developing community and teacher leaders alongside one another
  • Take classes in a variety of formats (hybrid, evening, Saturdays) with Educational Foundations (EDFN) faculty and community based leaders
  • Select electives university wide courses, depending on the student's interests and needs
  • Transfer graduate credit earned outside Northeastern Illinois University
  • Gather data and present research findings that are of interest to the student 
  • Focus on how community impacts learning and how the teacher leader needs to resource the community to increase effectiveness

Students enrolled in the M.A. in Community and Teacher Leaders will:

  • Create connections between communities and schools in an effort to form partnerships that benefit all members of the neighborhood (students, teachers, parents/guardians, families, and community businesses and residents)
  • Build a working knowledge of social justice and critical theory as it relates to curriculum development, schooling, and leadership with schools and/or communities
  • Connect theory to practice and develop as future community and teacher leaders sensitive to how multiple identities, social location, and circumstances impact youth, educators, and neighborhoods