Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University has been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to offer a new 30-credit-hour Master of Arts in Community and Teacher Leaders program, tentatively scheduled to begin fall 2016.

This advanced degree has been developed for those seeking to improve their leadership skills as they serve within community-based organizations and educational systems. The program is designed to develop knowledge, dispositions and skills to foster reflective, collaborative and transformative leaders in both community and school settings—hallmarks of the conceptual framework of Northeastern’s College of Education.

“I congratulate the faculty and staff of the Colleges of Education and Graduate Studies and Research, and in particular the Educational Foundations Faculty and partner colleagues across the College of Education, on their excellent work in achieving IBHE approval for this new program,” Provost Richard J. Helldobler said.

Students in this program will take a set of core courses in a cohort model, and will customize their studies by selecting electives across Northeastern’s colleges that best meet their interests and professional development.

The program will offer two concentrations, both of which will develop instructional strategies, including research, inquiry, analysis and evaluation, as well as digital literacy and technology skills.

Community-based Leader: providing 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 leveraging community assets to promote social justice.

School-based Teacher Leader: providing knowledge and skills related to leadership, mentoring and professional development; promoting school culture that focuses on student learning; using data to improve educational outcomes; and building collaborative relationships with stakeholders.