School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Department of Education
Master of Education in Instructional Coaching
Master of Education in Instructional Coaching
with Eligibility for Teacher Leader Endorsement
The Master of Education in Instructional Coaching fosters teacher leaders with an innovative focus on instruction, assessment, student learning, and professional development. Upon completion of the degree, you would be eligible for the Illinois teacher leader endorsement. The program also positions you additional endorsements beyond the master's degree.
- Twelve credits from the program can apply towards North Central’s Masters in Educational Leadership with principal endorsement, should a candidate wish to continue studies at North Central within the required time frame.
- Elective credits in the program can apply towards the 15-credit ESL endorsement program or the 9-credit Learning Behavior Specialist 1 certification.
The curriculum is designed for you to become an effective instructional facilitator: a licensed teacher leader who facilitates and coaches continuous improvement in classroom instruction. Through the coursework and faculty mentoring, you will be able to:
- provide instructional support to teachers in the elements of research-based instruction and demonstrate the alignment of instruction with curriculum standards and assessment tools
- develop and coordinate instructional programs or strategies
- develop and implement training and professional development
- choose standards-based instructional materials
- collaborate with fellow teachers to use data to improve instructional practice or develop model lessons
- serve as a mentor, site coach, curriculum specialist, or lead teacher
20% off Tuition: Education Alliance Partnership
Through the Education Alliance Grant, eligible employees with an earned bachelor's degree will receive a 20% tuition discount on any graduate program offered by North Central College.
Master of Education in Instructional Coaching Curriculum
Master's candidates in the program will complete seven required core courses with an emphasis on student and teacher growth, change dynamics, professional development planning, coaching, advocacy, and teacher leadership in the school environment.
The program is aligned to the Teacher Leader Model Standards, the Illinois Council of Instructional Coaching standards (8.2018) and the Danielson Framework. It requires that each candidate in the program develop a standards-based portfolio that reflects their growth and development as a teacher leader as well as instructional coaching competencies. EDN 500 is designed as the entry point for the program and Instructional Coach Capstone (EDN 697) is designed to be the capstone course.
A total of 9 courses, 34 credit hours are required for the degree: 28 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of elective courses.
7 Core Courses (4 credits each)
- EDN 500 - Mission-driven Leadership
- EDN 534 - Supervision and Instruction
- EDN 536 - School, Home, and Community
- EDN 600 - Teaching Diverse Students
- EDN 601 - Data-driven Decision-making
- EDN 603 - Teacher Leadership
- EDN 697 - Instructional Coach Capstone
2 Elective Courses (3 credits each)
Two additional electives are selected from courses that can apply towards a Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) or English Language Learner (ESL) endorsement or students may choose a special topic course.
- EDN 692 - Special Topics (can be taken more than once with different topics)
- EDN 580 – Foundational Theory: English Learners
- EDN 530 - Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
The following courses may be substituted for one of the above electives:
- EDN 533 – Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities
- EDN 582 – Cross Cultural English Learners
- Approved Graduate Course Elective
Additional Teaching Endorsement Opportunities
Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) Endorsement (9 credit hours)
Work with students who have exceptional learning needs within the LBS1 spectrum. The endorsement will be applicable to the grade levels of one’s existing teaching license.
The LBS1 endorsement is 9 credit hours.
- Explore the latest research on learning techniques and linked assessments
- Implement adaptations to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners
- Foster positive relationships with and among students, parents, and community
- Enhance responsive pedagogical approaches
- Develop responsive learning environments and school cultures
Each course is 3 credit hours.
- EDN 530 - Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities
- EDN 532 - Methods of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities
- EDN 538 - Psychological Diagnosis of Educational Assessment of Children with Special Learning Needs
English Language Learner (ELL) for ESL Endorsement (15 credit hours)
Each course is 3 credit hours. The five course sequence is designed to prepare the candidate for an ESL licensure endorsement.
- EDN 580 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students
- EDN 582 - Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners
- EDN 583 - Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners in ESL/Bilingual Programs
- EDN 585 - Assessment of the ESL/Bilingual Students
- EDN 586 - Language and Linguistics