The Teacher Leadership Program Area is one of the few programs of its kind in the country; the employment opportunities for graduates from this program area have been excellent. At the master’s level, many of the teachers remain at the same school after receiving their degree, but they assume new leadership roles in those districts. Some of the most common positions include leading curriculum initiatives and school improvement committees, setting up and coordinating district mentoring programs, and mentoring students during field experiences and student teaching. Several others have attained their National Board Certification, making them eligible for additional state stipends to mentor other teachers going through the NBPTS process. Still others have taken additional coursework to obtain their administrative certificate/licensure, and have become curriculum directors, department chairs, and in a few cases, building principals.
After receiving Doctor of Philosophy degrees, most students have accepted tenure track positions in colleges and universities. A few have become curriculum directors and administrators.
Ph.D. graduates with a program in Teacher Leadership have been or are currently employed by universities such as: Eastern Illinois University, Middle Tennessee State University, Murray State University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Towson State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.