Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning

Empowered Leaders Teacher Leader Endorsement

Program Overview

To be successful in maximizing the education of all students, schools are moving beyond relying on principals alone to fulfill all of the leadership needs in the school environment. Increasingly, schools will be turning to experienced teachers to provide leadership beyond their classroom to help guide school improvement.

House Bill I in the Ohio legislature created a position called “lead teacher” also known as Teacher Leader. The Empowered Leaders program is a two semester, 4-course, 12 credit hour program leading to a Teacher Leader Endorsement. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use evidenced-based principles of effective leadership and teacher learning
  • Use data based decision-making and evidenced-based practice
  • Facilitate a collaborative learning culture
  • Support professional learning and improved teaching practice

In addition, graduates will create a Master Teacher Portfolio, based on the Standards for Ohio Educators.

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To qualify, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned a Master’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Eight (8) years of teaching experience
  • Possess a Professional License

How to Apply

Complete the Center for Educational Leadership’s Program, which includes:

  • Program Application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (one from an administrator, and on from a teaching/professional colleague)


Course Sequence

Fall ADM 686 Professional Development and Transformational Teacher Leadership
Fall CNS 711 Coaching, Consultation, and Collaboration
Spring EDB 575 Data Driven Decision Making and Differentiated Instruction
Spring EST 695 Capstone: Demonstrating Teacher Leadership in the Field


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