Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Leadership Program Earns Recommendation For Approval

On April 14, the College of Education was informed that its proposal for a new MA Program in Instructional Leadership has earned a recommendation for approval from a Review Panel organized by the Illinois State Board of Education.  The Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board will review the new MA Program at its next meeting on June 5, prior to final review by the Illinois State Board of Education.  The College of Education expects to enroll an initial cohort of 20 students in the new program during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The College of Education developed the new MA degree in Instructional Leadership (MAIL) in partnership with five school districts in the northwest Chicago suburbs: Arlington Heights School District 25; Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine; Community Consolidated School District 21 in Wheeling; Township High School District 211 in Palatine; and Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights.  The partnership was catalyzed at a December 2013 meeting of the Northwest Personnel Administrators.  At this meeting, the attendees shared their concerns about principal and teacher leader preparation and the need for a new approach attentive to the needs of northwest Chicago suburban school districts.  Thereafter, a working group of school and university representatives was formed to collaboratively design, implement, and administer the new MA degree in Instructional Leadership.

The proposed MA Program will provide licensed teachers with the option of enrolling in either a Principal Endorsement Concentration (PEC) and a Teacher Leader Concentration (TLC).   Successful completion of the PEC will earn candidates the MA Degree in Instructional Leadership and the State of Illinois Principal Endorsement on their Professional Educator Licenses.  Completion of the TLC will earn candidates the State of Illinois Teacher Leader Endorsement on their Professional Educator Licenses, with an option of earning the MA degree with the completion of two additional courses.  All courses will be offered near the Schaumburg Campus of Roosevelt University, and will be priced at $350 per credit hour, or $1,050 per 3 credit hour course.

According to the Illinois Principals Association, there are approximately 400 principal openings every year in Illinois, and the current production of principal candidates is not sufficient to meet the need.  The State of Illinois expects that the need for teacher leaders will increase over the next ten years.

A subsidiary partnership with the national non-profit organization Kids At Hope (KAH) is a distinctive feature of the new MA degree in Instructional Leadership.  KAH works with schools and other community-based agencies to implement strategies that strengthen the belief that “all children are capable of success, No Exceptions.”  KAH has had documented success in transforming learning outcomes at many schools and districts across the nation; consequently, KAH research findings, principles, and practices have been integrated into two core courses in the program, with the result that all RU principal and teacher leader candidates will earn a Train The Trainer Certificate from Kids At Hope.

To earn admission to the MAIL Program, all candidates will need to have at least two years of teaching experience.  In addition, they will need to submit two letters of recommendation and a personal essay, as well as obtain approval from the Partnership Steering Committee.  All applicants for the Principal Endorsement Concentration also will need to submit a portfolio, sit for an interview, and successfully complete a written response to a leadership scenario.

More information about the proposed MA Program in Instructional Leadership can be obtained from Dr. Roger Chamberlain, Program Coordinator.  Contact Dr. Chamberlain at rchamberlain@roosevelt.edu or 847-619-8832.

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