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Teacher Leader Endorsement Online

Enrich your educational leadership skills to effect positive change in your school

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Program Overview

Influence positive leadership styles in your school with the added knowledge and skills you will gain in the Teacher Leader Endorsement online program at YSU. In as few as six months, you will have the qualifications you need to lead large and small groups to success, including students, teachers, and administrative staff in various educational settings.

$4,980* Total Tuition
As few as 6 months Program Duration
12 Credit Hours
$4,980* Total Tuition
As few as 6 months Program Duration
12 Credit Hours
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Designed for current teachers and support staff such as curriculum directors and counselors, this YSU graduate-level endorsement is at the forefront of a statewide initiative to matriculate more teachers with exceptional instructional and leadership skills that transcend the classroom. Learn from expert faculty who have extensive experience in the field of education, especially in the area of teacher leadership. Field experience opportunities are embedded in each course of this program to prepare you with real-life scenarios and professional growth.

Additionally, the Teacher Leader Endorsement offers a pathway to many advanced education programs and continuing education credits. Once the program is completed, you can apply certain credit hours toward a Master of Science in Educational Administration at YSU or continuing education units by the Ohio Department of Education. With the Teacher Leader Endorsement, you also meet one of the core criteria to earn the Lead Professional Educator License, an educational qualification that is recognized by the Ohio Department of Education as the highest licensing credential in the state.

Upon completion of the endorsement program, you will gain the enhanced teaching abilities that will prepare you for expanded educational roles such as teacher leader, data coach and mentor.

In this program, you will learn to:

  • Promote an inclusive, equitable, and collaborative culture among staff members
  • Implement evidence-based strategies and research to improve practice and student learning
  • Facilitate professional learning by utilizing adult learning principles
  • Employ evidence-based leadership practices to drive school improvement initiatives
  • Make effective data-based decisions which lead to school improvement
  • Strengthen relationships and partnerships with school and community stakeholders
  • Advocate for student learning and the teaching profession

Earning the Teacher Leader Endorsement fulfills one of the criteria in pursuing the Lead Professional Educator License, the highest educational licensing credential a teacher can achieve in the state of Ohio.

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YSU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition.

$415* Per Credit Hour
$4,980* Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

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Additional Fees

Application: $45 (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)

TaskStream Membership: $50 per year

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YSU's Federal School Code is 003145.

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Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
One University Plaza
Meshel Hall, 203
Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659


At YSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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YSU's online education programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

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  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $45 application fee ($90 International). Waived for active/veteran military members or for applicants who have attended the College of Graduate Studies in the past.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references (in online application)
  • Currently enrolled or have graduated from a master's degree program
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Valid teaching certificate
  • At least four years of teaching experience

Transcripts must be mailed from the granting institution or sent electronically through a secured server vendor.

Mailing Address:

YSU College of Graduate Studies
One University Plaza
Coffelt Hall
Youngstown, OH 44555

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For the Teacher Leader Endorsement online, you are required to take four courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

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EDAD 6901: Instructional Leadership Beyond the Classroom

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Teacher leaders will lead both from within their own classrooms and beyond; therefore, it will be important to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills that will assist them in any leadership situation that they may face. Candidates will be introduced to the theory and practice of teacher leadership in order to assist in building teacher commitment, teacher efficacy, teaching competence, and instructional practices. There will be an additional emphasis on developing teacher leaders, specifically in the areas of adult learning principles, reflective practice, and professional learning communities. Candidates will be introduced to the importance of self-directed teacher professional development, taking on leadership roles at school, district, state, and national levels, as well as learning how to lead in both formal and informal ways.
INCLUDE 25 hours field work.

EDAD 6903: Building Capacity of Adult Learners

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Learning is an extended, intricate, and lifelong process. Adult learners have a unique way of learning, one that varies from learning done in primary grades. As such, teacher leaders will need to have strong command of adult learning principles to effectively collaborate with others and to assist adults in their own professional development. A study of current theories and research in the areas of social cognition, human development, interpersonal relationships, group processes, and motivation will assist candidates in meeting the needs of the adults that they will work with. This course will be particularly helpful to those who mentor others, lead professional development sessions, serve on building or district leadership teams, and participate in professional learning communities.

EDAD 6905: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Educational leaders must practice professional, ethical values of equity, integrity, honesty, fairness, and dignity. The purpose of this course is to build candidate knowledge and skills in the area of culturally responsive leadership. Candidates will develop the ability to promote collaboration with faculty, administration, families, and community members and partners. This course will help candidates lead in culturally competent ways in order to make necessary changes in curriculum, culture, and school policies and practices. Additionally, candidates will learn how to assist others in providing individual learning opportunities for students where diverse perspectives are welcomed in addressing challenges.

EDAD 6906: Data Coaching and Decision-Making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Educators must learn how to collect, analyze, use, and communicate the wide array of student assessment data available in their schools to improve teaching and learning. This course prepares educators to use data to catalyze and support improvement in K-12 schools. The purpose of this course is to provide opportunity for educators to learn the nature of multiple data sources to identify improvement needs, to conduct descriptive analysis, to monitor and correct progress, and to demonstrate success to stakeholders. Educators in this course will have authentic experiences to lead collaborative analysis of a wide range of data sources – including annual standardized tests, school demographic data or schooling process, perceptions and learning outcomes of students– and facilitate productive conversations about how to act on what they learn from this analysis. This course centers around working on data-driven decision making as a cyclical process and has a significant practicum component, as the work in the course is based on each educator’s unique decision-making situations. Educators in this class are expected to use technology to create tables and graphs to communicate data results effectively to a wide range of audiences.

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