The Master of Education in Instructional Coaching fosters teacher leaders with a contemporary focus on learning, leadership and professional development.

School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Department of Education

Master of Education in Instructional Coaching

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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 if you currently hold a professional educator license (PEL) endorsed in a teaching field.
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Program Outcomes

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 based on best practices and curricular objectives that align with the district
  • choose standards-based instructional materials
  • collaborate with fellow teachers in the analysis of school-wide data (i.e MAP scores) to make instructional decisions
  • serve as a mentor, site coach, curriculum specialist, or lead teacher

 

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. MEDU 500 is designed as the entry point for the program and Instructional Coach Capstone (MEDU 697) is designed to be the capstone course.

Degree Requirements

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.

 Core Courses (4 credits each)

  • MEDU 500 - Mission-Driven Leadership
  • MEDU 535 - Supervision and Instruction
  • MEDU 536 - School, Home, and Community
  • MEDU 600 - Teaching Diverse Students (MEDU 500 is a prerequisite)
  • MEDU 601 - Data-driven Decision-making
  • MEDU 603 - Teacher Leadership
  • MEDU 697 - Instructional Coach Capstone (Prerequisite of 26 MEDU credit hours)

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.

  • MEDU 692 - Special Topics (can be taken more than once with different topics)
  • MEDU 580 – Foundational Theory: English Learners
  • MEDU 530 - Characteristics of Students with Disabilities

The following courses may be substituted for one of the above electives:

  • MEDU 533 – Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • MEDU 582 – Cross Cultural English Learners
  • Approved Graduate Course Elective

 

Instructional Coaching, M.Ed.

The Instructional Coaching Master's program fosters teacher leaders with a contemporary focus on learning, leadership and professional development. 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. 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.

The program is designed to maximize the candidate's potential to continue studies for endorsements and certification beyond completion of the Master's program:

  • Completion of the 34 credit Instructional Coaching Masters program will make the candidate eligible for the Illinois teacher leader endorsement.
  • Twelve credit hours from the program can apply towards North Central's Masters in Educational Leadership with principal endorsement, should a candidate wish to continue studies at NCC within the required time frame.
  • Six credit hours in electives can be taken towards the 9 credits needed for an LBS1 endorsement (which can apply towards a Learning and Behavioral certification) or towards the 15 credits needed for the ESL endorsement.

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. MEDU 500 is designed as the entry point for the program and Instructional Coach Capstone (MEDU 697) is designed to be the capstone course.

Degree Requirements

A total of 34 credit hours required: 28 credit hours of core courses, six credit hours of elective courses:

Core Courses

  • MEDU 500 - Mission-Driven Leadership

    MEDU 500 - Mission-Driven Leadership

    4.00 credit hours

    Mission-driven Leadership emphasizes the development of future school leaders, serving as a pre-admission course to either a Masters in Educational Leadership with principal endorsement or Masters of Arts with teacher leader endorsement. Students examine school culture, standards, organizations and the learning community, and the importance of increasing leadership capacity to achieve success in schools today. The course fosters development and competencies in future leaders regarding decisions they will make about their practice and how those decisions impact students, teachers and the community.

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  • MEDU 535 - Supervision and Instruction

    MEDU 535 - Supervision and Instruction

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the educational leader's role as a facilitator of learning. The primary objective of the course is the development of human resources as integral to achieving school success for students. Content includes exploration of coaching, mentoring, supervision, evaluation, pedagogical inquiry, conflict resolution, critical conversations, professional development and instructional development. The emphasis is on developing the skills of leadership that are required to enhance and extend student learning, including instructional supervision whether as a teacher colleague or supervisor. Candidates in principal preparation are required to participate in training by certified staff in accordance with the provisions of Section 24A-3 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/24A-3] outside of the course and prior to the Internship.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDU 500.

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  • MEDU 536 - School, Home and Community

    MEDU 536 - School, Home and Community

    4.00 credit hours

    School, Home and Community is a course for each aspiring leader to discover and define the administrator's or teacher leader's interactive role and relationship in the school, home and community. Through discussion, interactive exploration, action teams and networking, the student experiences ways to be a collaborative leader within the triad of the school, home and community. Focus is on cultural responsiveness, implicit bias, collaboration, inclusion, partnership-building and fostering community stakeholders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDU 500.

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  • MEDU 600 - Teaching Diverse Students

    MEDU 600 - Teaching Diverse Students

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of what it means to teach in an educational organization within a multicultural society. Specific focus is on cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds, teacher awareness of and expanded meaning of culturally responsive pedagogy, and examination of the school/classroom environment that leads to increased learning of all students.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDU 603.

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  • MEDU 601 - Data-Driven Decision-Making

    MEDU 601 - Data-Driven Decision-Making

    4.00 credit hours

    This course fosters the essential link between learning and assessment. Emerging theory on performance-based assessment, brain research and curriculum-aligned assessment are explored to better understand the fundamental nature of authentic assessment. Students engage in a systematic study of different methods of performance-based assessment. Hands-on experience is incorporated to apply these methods and develop effective performance assessments for the classroom.

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  • MEDU 603 - Teacher Leadership

    MEDU 603 - Teacher Leadership

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the complex issues and challenges of school as a professional community. Each teacher leader identifies the potential for building individual and organizational leadership capacity in order to maximize learning and continuous school improvement. The challenge of current education issues, school ethics and the ability to implement change to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners are addressed in this course. Teacher leaders reflect on their own knowledge and skills to learn, lead and contribute to the learning culture of this school community.

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  • MEDU 697 - Instructional Coaching Capstone

    MEDU 697 - Instructional Coaching Capstone

    4.00 credit hours

    The capstone course for the M.Ed in Instructional Coaching program. The purpose of this capstone course is to deepen and broaden your concept of and skill base for teacher leadership and peer observations, instructional coaching, professional development and action research. This purpose is assisted through the synthesis, application and extension of the knowledge students gained through courses and field experiences in the program.

    Prerequisite(s)

    27 credit hours in the Instructional Coaching Program.

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Elective Courses

Two of the following:

  • MEDU 532 - Characteristics of Students with Disabilities

    MEDU 532 - Characteristics of Students with Disabilities

    3.00 credit hours

    Effective instructional methods, strategies, accommodations and modifications, in multiple content areas, as they relate to teaching K-12 students with high incidence disabilities in inclusive settings. Strategies to collaborate with colleagues and with parents/families of students with disabilities are also covered, including co-teaching, family-educator conferences and working effectively with paraprofessionals. Students may not receive credit for both EDUC 432 and EDUC 532.

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  • MEDU 580 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students

    MEDU 580 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students

    3.00 credit hours

    This course guides students to develop a critical approach to the theoretical foundations of ESL and bilingual education through an in-depth examination of academic literature on the historical, philosophical, political, social and educational models that have shaped education in the United States. Second language and multilingual acquisition theory are the focus of the course in which students develop bibliographical research to culminate in an individualized research project.

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  • MEDU 690 - Topics in Education

    MEDU 690 - Topics in Education

    3.00 credit hours

    Recognizing the varied and evolving needs of educations, this course focuses on one particular area of interest and faculty expertise impacting the educational environment. Topics and prerequisites (if any) will be announced in advance as will the format of the course (online, blended, face-to-face). This course may fulfill the elective requirement of the Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Instructional Coaching. It may be repeated with different content, though only one elective may apply to the M.Ed in Instructional Coaching.

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Bruce Spitzer

Professor of Education; Chairperson, Department of Education
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Kathleen King

Associate Professor of Education
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Maureen Spelman

Visiting Professor of Education; Coordinator of Character Initiatives
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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.

Program Outcomes

  • 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

LBS1 Curriculum

  • MEDU 530 - Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities 
  • MEDU 532 - Methods of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities 
  • MEDU 538 - Psychological Diagnosis of Educational Assessment of Children with Special Learning Needs

English Language Learner (ELL) for ESL Endorsement (15 credit hours)

The five course sequence is designed to prepare the candidate for an ESL licensure endorsement.

ELL Curriculum

  • MEDU 580 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students 
  • MEDU 582 - Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners 
  • MEDU 583 - Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners in ESL/Bilingual Programs 
  • MEDU 585 - Assessment of the ESL/Bilingual Students 
  • MEDU 586 - Language and Linguistics

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