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Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

Teacher Leader Endorsement

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Why Choose the Teacher Leader Endorsement Program?

The 9-credit-hour Teacher Leader Endorsement program at Wright State University prepares seasoned educators to serve as teacher leaders in their schools in both official and unofficial capacities.

The course content and fieldwork of the program will instill the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for teachers to perform at the distinguished level, as described in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession.

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.

Students interested in earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Teacher Leader: Curriculum & Instruction may pursue that master’s degree program.

Contact Information

Grant Hambright, Program Director
(937) 775-3281



"Best Online Programs—Graduate Education," U.S. News & World Report, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranked Wright State’s online Master of Education program, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, 43rd among the 275 schools responding to the survey, naming it among “Best Online Programs — Graduate Education.”

Source: Wright State Newsroom


Academics and Curriculum


Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited university
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Current teaching license
  • Four years minimum successful teaching experience as demonstrated by evaluations and student growth measures

Admission Process


Apply to Graduate School.

Admission is in summer B term. Apply at least six weeks prior to the term of enrollment.


Submit to the Graduate School:

  • Complete the domestic (degree) application. Do not use the non-degree application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (except Wright State)
  • Current teaching license with application
  • A letter of recommendation from principal, superintendent or other school administrator

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723

Ohio Teacher Licensure Structure

Tier 1: Resident Educator License

  • Initial license
  • 4-year license
  • Non-renewable

Tier 2: Professional Educator License

  • 5-year License
  • Renewable with six semester hours of relevant coursework or equivalent as approved by LPDC.
  • Requirements: Must successfully complete the Ohio Resident Educator Program.

Tier 3: Senior Professional Educator License

  • 5-year license
  • Renewable with 6 semester hours of relevant coursework or equivalent as approved by LPDC.
  • Requirements: Master’s Degree; 9 years experience under a standard teaching license of which at least 5 years are under a professional or permanent license; demonstration of effective teaching practice at the accomplished or distinguished level of performance as defined in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession [] - by successfully completing the Master Teacher portfolio.

Tier 4: Lead Professional Educator License

  • 5-year license
  • Renewable with 6 semester hours of relevant coursework or equivalent as approved by LPDC.
  • Requirements: All requirements listed for Tier 3 AND the Teacher Leader Endorsement or active National Board Certification.

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