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Teacher Leader Endorsement

Recognized by the Ohio Department of Education, the Teacher Leader Endorsement from Ohio State fulfills one of the requirements to obtain the Lead Professional Educator License, the highest licensing credential a teacher can achieve in the state.

This endorsement is tailored to meet the needs of a working professional who aspires to be a leader in his or her school and district while continuing as a classroom teacher.

When you earn a teacher leader endorsement you will be well positioned to support the development of new teachers, lead school improvement initiatives, assist school administrators with professional development activities and attend to other leadership needs within the school. The Teacher Leader Endorsement also will help qualify educators for the Lead Professional Educators License, the highest qualification on Ohio's highest four-tiered licensure structure.

Achieving the Teacher Leader Endorsement can be completed as quickly as one year. You can work and attend school at the same time and our blended course delivery supports the schedule of the working professional. The Ohio Department of Education does not require a test to complete the endorsement.

Additionally, a portion of the coursework required for the Teacher Leader Endorsement can be used in other education administration programs including:

  • Principal licensure
  • Doctoral programs including the PhD and EdD degrees (pending advisor approval)


Deadline to Apply: 
May 1
Program Start: 
Summer semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Ohio teaching license/certificate, master's degree, at least 4 years of successful teaching
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework: Introduction to Educational Administration; Inquiry in Teacher Education; Educational Leadership, Learning and Teaching

Learn more about becoming a teacher leader

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Anika Anthony, PhD, Associate Professor
Noelle Arnold, PhD, Professor
Karen Beard, PhD, Associate Professor, Program Chair
John Conrath, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Melissa Conrath, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Phillip Daniel, EdD, Flesher Professor Emeritus
Belinda Gimbert, PhD, Associate Professor
Roger Goddard, PhD, Fawcett Chair and Professor
Dustin Miller, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Scott Sweetland, PhD, Professor


Superintendents in Residence

John Marschhausen, PhD, Hilliard City Schools
Talisa Dixon, EdD, Columbus City Schools
Marie Ward, PhD, Fairfield County Educational Service Center


Student Services and Graduate Studies

Belinda Gimbert

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