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Teacher Leader

New educators need experienced teacher leaders to provide the coaching, mentoring and guidance necessary for long and successful careers as educators. Teacher leaders will serve to support new teachers and facilitate professional learning in their school community.

The teacher leadership professional development sequence prepares educators to:

  • serve as leaders
  • acquire skills to work with adult learners
  • facilitate and lead change
  • coach teachers at all stages in their careers

Participants may apply these credits toward graduate degree work in the School of Education. For more information, please visit


Quick Info

Program Code



1 year


Distance Learning Only


Educational Leadership
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


Teachers College
Cincinnati ,OH  45221
Angela Ferguson
Phone: 513-556-3600

Career Possibilities

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The Certificate in Teacher Leadership is a graduate certificate offered online by the graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. This is a stand-alone certificate that can be earned without being accepted into a master's degree program. All courses are taught online.

Background on Ohio Teacher Leader Endorsement

House Bill 1 restructures Ohio's teacher licensure system and provides opportunities for teachers to advance in their careers and serve as leaders of school improvement by establishing a new career ladder for teachers. House Bill 1 creates four licensure levels, to become effective January 2011:

  • Resident Educator License
  • Professional Educator License
  • Senior Professional Educator License
  • Lead Professional Educator License

The four-year teacher residency program, available to candidates who graduate from an accredited teacher preparation program, provides Ohio's educators with the coaching, mentoring, and guidance that are critical for long and successful careers as educators. It is critical, therefore, that teacher leaders are in place to support teachers during their residency program. To that end, the new teacher leader endorsement will facilitate support of the teacher residency program by preparing educators to serve as teacher leaders and employ skills of working with adult learners, facilitating and leading change, managing conflict, and coaching and mentoring teachers at all stages in their careers.

Additionally, teacher leaders will assist principals in developing and supporting a shared vision and clear goals for schools and provide staff development, mentoring and coaching to teachers.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Curriculum Guide by Requirement

Predominant Program

    • CI7060, Developing and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities for Teacher Leaders, 3
    • CI7061, Coaching and Mentoring for Improved Results for Teacher Leaders, 3
    • CI7062, Practicum Seminar for Teacher Leaders, 1 - 2
    • CI7062, Practicum Seminar for Teacher Leaders, 1 - 2
    • CI7063, Quality Instructional Practices for Teacher Leaders, 3

Admission Requirements

Standard admissions requirements include: baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA, cover letter, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation. For full details on admissions requirements for this degree (including GRE requirements), visit the program page on the CECH website:

Candidates for the Ohio Endorsement must hold a master's degree and have at least four years for successful teaching experience. Teachers must also provide a letter of support from their principal or building administrator to be considered.

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The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Effective July 1, 2011, federal regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832] by the U.S. Department of Education require postsecondary institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.

Generally, GE Programs include:

  • At public and private not-for-profit institutions: Title IV-eligible non-degree programs (e.g., certificate and diploma programs).
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