M.A. Online Blended

Community and Teacher Leaders

Northeastern Illinois University

15 months
865 USD/credit 20760 USD/year
865 USD/credit 20760 USD/year
432 USD/credit 10368 USD/year
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The Community and Teacher Leaders program of the Northeastern Illinois University is designed to develop the knowledge and skills to foster reflective, collaborative, and transformative leaders in both community and school settings.


Students learn to harness the collective knowledge of community members and educators to have a positive impact on community and school success in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Emphasis is placed on the importance of community leadership and teacher leadership in times of cultural dissonance.

Students in the Community and Teacher Leaders program of the Northeastern Illinois University create connections between communities and schools in an effort to form partnerships that benefit all members of the neighborhood, including students, teachers, parents/guardians, and families. Graduates are intuitive and sensitive to how identity, socioeconomic status, geographical location, and individual circumstances impact youth, educators, and neighborhoods.

The M.A. program admits students for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The entire program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Online, hybrid, evening and weekend classes are available to fit the needs of working professionals.


The M.A. in Community and Teacher Leaders program values diversity, relationships, partnerships, and coalition building among educational setting and the community. A master’s in leadership prepares students to listen, to communicate, to collaborate, and to serve as agents of change across differences in background and viewpoint as it relates to schools and communities striving for social change and educational inclusiveness. Graduates are able to pursue a multitude of careers, including:

  • Teacher Leaders
  • Department Chairs
  • Coaches
  • Professional Developers
  • Community Organizers and Activists
  • Educational Outreach Coordinator
  • School and Community-based Researchers
  • Museum Educators
  • Roles in Non-Profit Leadership and Development
  • School Board Leadership
  • Curriculum Developers
  • School and Community-Based Mentors
  • Union Leadership
  • Lead School Improvement Committees

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Education As A Social Institution
  • Leadership In Communities And School
  • Power, Communities and Change
  • Digital Literacy: Learning and Leadership
  • Critical Race Theory In Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Courses taken at colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services, Inc.)
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation with signed supplemental Letter of Recommendation Forms
  • Any additional program-specific required documents
  • Application fee
  • Notarized Graduate Financial Statement
  • Notarized bank letter(s) from each sponsor’s financial institution
  • TOEFL or IELTS official score report
  • Copy of passport photo page
  • Copy of Form I-94 and Form I-20 (if applying from within the U.S.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 15 months.
  • National

    20760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 15 months.
  • In-State

    10368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 15 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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