The Teacher Leader Endorsement, which will be added to a professional teaching license following completion of an approved teacher leader endorsement preparation program, fulfills a need in Ohio to prepare individuals to serve as teacher leaders, both in formal and informal roles within their building and district. Teacher Leaders assist principals in developing and supporting a shared vision and clear goals for schools and provide staff development, mentoring, and coaching to teachers. The Teacher Leader Endorsement will also facilitate support of the new Ohio teacher licensure, as one of the current routes to the top license on a career lattice, the Lead Professional Educator License.
Financing the Teacher Leader Endorsement
EDU 535 Developing a Deeper Understanding of Leadership (3 semester hours)
Overview: This course will offer Teacher Leaders the chance to examine their own leadership styles and beliefs, while learning more about leadership in general, and school leadership, specifically. The culmination will be the use of developed skills and knowledge put to use as a team in developing real solutions to real world issues in the schools.
(Second and third courses offered Fall, 2012)
EDU 536 Collaboration: Leading and Facilitating Teacher Development (3 semester hours)
Overview: This course will aid in the understanding and knowledge of how one can use collaboration and facilitation skills with groups. This includes things like facilitation skills, consensus building and teambuilding strategies along with problem-solving skills that work in school settings. The culminating project is the leading of a school team or group, to experience and understand the development of that group, with the support of the instructional team.
EDU 537 Coaching and Mentoring for Improved Results (3 semester hours)
Overview: This course focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for Teacher Leaders to provide high levels of effective coaching and mentoring focused on improving teaching practices and learning for all students. The culminating project is mentoring and coaching teachers in your district, in a safe "practice field" and within guidelines of your district.