As a teacher, you lead students towards becoming lifelong learners every day in the classroom. With a certificate in Teacher Leadership, you can expand your impact through school leadership roles that affect more than a single class of students.

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Our program will provide you with many advantages that ensure an exceptional and accessible education:

  • • Convenient and effective blend of online, hybrid, and face-to-face coursework

  • • Accelerated 7-week course format, one evening per week

  • • Most affordable tuition rate in Chicagoland area.

  • • Program leads to the Teacher Leadership endorsement in Illinois.

  • • Only 6 courses (18 total credit hours) required for completion.

  • • Skills gained in this program will prepare you to influence student outcomes for many years in any school leadership role you choose to pursue.

  • • Candidates will be prepared for school leadership roles such as team leaders, instructional coaches, department chairs, and curriculum directors upon completion.

  • • No ILTS content test required.

  • • After receiving licensure and certificate in Teacher Leadership from Governors State, candidates can receive an additional master’s degree in Educational Administration – Principal Leadership with only 18-21 additional hours.


Dr. David Conrad

"Teacher leaders are critical for today’s schools. Our curriculum supplies the foundational knowledge and skills teachers need to drive school improvement beyond their own classroom."

Dr. David Conrad, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Educational Administration

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Admission Requirements

  • • Must hold an earned master's degree from an accredited institution

  • • Official transcripts: undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher OR scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test including a score of “4” or higher on the Writing Subtest

  • • Letter of application expressing interest in the program with supporting reasons

  • • Valid and current Illinois Professional Educator License

  • • Two years of full-time teaching experience on a valid Illinois teaching license

  • • A letter of recommendation and support from applicant”s school district administrator

  • • Verification of employment from the district, verifying employment and indicating number of years employed

  • • During the first class, submission of a professional portfolio demonstrating impact on student learning and teacher leadership, and a successful interview and written scenario.

If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Academic Advisor Carla Johnson at cjohnson@govst.edu or 708-235-3989 or Educational Administration Program Coordinator Dr. David Conrad at dconrad@govst.edu or 708-235-7575.

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Course Catalog

Visualize your path to success by visiting our university catalog to view all courses for the Teacher Leadership Certificate program.

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