Teacher Leadership Endorsement

Program Overview

Teacher Leadership Endorsement students

The 12 credit hour Teacher Leader Endorsement program, facilitated by Kent State University, responds to changes in the preparation and licensing of Pre K-12 in the state of Ohio.  The program will fulfill a need to prepare individuals to serve as teacher leaders, both in official and unofficial roles.

Required Course Sequence

  1. C&I 67002 or 77002  Curriculum Leadership (3 CR HRS)
  2. EDAD 66751 or 76751 Instructional Leadership for Teacher Leaders (3 CR HRS)
  3. EDAD 66740 or 76740 Coaching and Mentoring for Teacher Leaders (3 CR HRS)
  4. C&I 67092 or 77092  Advanced Practicum and Internship (3 CR HRS)

The above courses are specifically designed for the Teacher Leadership Endorsement program, but may be taken as electives while completing a Curriculum and Instruction Master's or Doctoral Degree in education at Kent State University.

Rationale for the Teacher Leader Endorsement

The four-year teacher residency, available to candidates who graduate from an accredited teacher preparation program, provides Ohio's educators with the coaching, mentoring and guidance that is imperative for long and successful careers as educators.  Thus, it is critical that teacher leaders are in place to support teachers during their residency.  To that end, the new Teacher Leader Endorsement will facilitate support of the teacher residency by preparing educators to serve as teacher leaders, as well as employing skills of working with adult learners, facilitating and leading change, managing conflict, and coaching and mentoring teachers at all stages of their careers.  Additionally, teacher leaders will assist principals in developing and supporting a shared vision and clear goals for schools, and provide staff development, mentoring and coaching to teachers.

Requirements for Teacher Leader Candidates

Candidates for the endorsement must hold a master's degree and have at least four years of teaching experience.  Upon successful completion of an approved Teacher Leader Endorsement program, the endorsement will be added to a professional teaching license or professional/permanent teaching certificate.

Off-Campus Cohorts

Aurora & Maple Heights TLEP CohortKent State University works in partnership with school districts to facilitate off-campus professional development programming for educators in the field.  Off-campus cohorts offer reduced graduate tuition for courses instructed at a convenient location within the district.

Contact Information

Academic Program Contact

Dr. Tricia Niesz, tniesz@kent.edu, 330-672-0591

Interested in setting-up a cohort for your district? Contact pd@kent.edu