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Aurora University to offer Teacher Leader Endorsement Program starting summer 2013

Posted by on April 22, 2013

Aurora University announced today that the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board approved its Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – Teacher Leader Endorsement Program. The 36-semester hour degree program is designed to prepare certified teachers for advanced instructional leadership positions, including department chair, grade-level leader, dean, curriculum specialist and athletic director. Applicants who already hold a master’s degree can complete 24-semester hours to earn the endorsement.

The new program will accompany the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – Principal Endorsement Program that was approved in October 2012. The rigorous Principal Endorsement Program prepares graduates to become principals and assistant principals through 36 semester hours of coursework, including 90 hours of course based field experience and 240 hours of internship experience, which gives candidates the opportunity to directly apply what they are learning in class.

“We are proud to be one of only two Illinois universities that have been approved to offer both Master of Arts in Educational Leadership programs,” said Jocelyn Booth, Assistant Dean and Director of Master’s Programs for the College of Education. “We look forward to educating candidates and collaborating with local districts to jointly prepare future instructional leaders, principals and assistant principals.”

Both programs will begin in June 2013 and offer two summer courses, meeting Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

In addition to the master’s degrees, Aurora University also offers two tracks in the Doctor of Education in Leadership program, which stretches educational leaders as they meld theory, academic study and professional practice. The EdD Leadership in Administration prepares candidates to serve as superintendents or district-level school leaders, and the EdD Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction readies graduates for work in district K-12 curriculum leadership or in educating adults.

In the program’s ten-year span of graduating EdD students, graduates of the administration track lead or have led 28 school districts, making an impact on student learning and educational policy in both Illinois and Wisconsin.

“Our graduates tell us that they never knew they could grow so much in such a short period of time,” says Joan Fee, Chair of EdD Programs. “The course work provides them with strong preparation for their jobs and critical applications for their future careers.”

“The AU faculty were not only of highest caliber, but were personable and cared about each individual student,” said Jamie Reilly, Golf School District 67 Superintendent and graduate of the EdD Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction and EdD Leadership in Administration. “They were there to support us through the entire process, and even after graduation. In our courses, AU professors provided resources and connections that helped frame the challenges that we face in our positions each day and shared case studies that applied directly to our own districts.”

Reilly will move on to her second superintendecy position in July of this year as Superintendent of Maercker District 60. Below is a complete list of EdD Leadership in Administration graduates who have been recently hired to serve as superintendents beginning July 1, 2013.

Andy DuRoss – Schaumburg District 54
Lisa Hitchens – Batavia School District 101
Daniel Hollowell – Bourbonnais Elementary District 53.
Jamie Reilly – Maercker District 60, Clarendon Hills
Tim Shimp – Yorkville District 115
Janet Stutz – Orland Park School District 135

For additional information, contact Andi Danis, Program Manager, at (630) 844-3857 or


Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning, annually educating more than 4,300 degree-seeking students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The university has a long tradition of preparing students for lives of service and leadership, and using its resources and expertise to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its main campus in Aurora, Ill., AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wis., and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Ill. Learn more at

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