The TLC Masters of Education with a Specialization in Instructional Leadership (TLC-IL) provides a pathway to teacher leadership for educators who value working closely with their colleagues on instructional problems of practice. At the heart of the TLC-IL masters is our belief that schools need equity-driven teacher leaders who can nurture and sustain professional inquiry through dialogue, investigation, reflection, and action.

Our graduates support opportunities for authentic involvement of all educators in creating high quality, equitable learning experiences for students. As members of a tight-knit cohort, TLC-IL students gain the skills, resources and experience to support professional learning, collaborative work culture, and ongoing assessment of student learning. TLC-IL students learn to:

  • Advocate for equitable educational experiences for all students
  • Practice inquiry-driven improvement of professional practice
  • Lead data-driven assessment of student learning
  • Support and lead professional learning communities
  • Coach and mentor adult learners
  • Deepen instructional expertise in one of the following curricular areas:
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Social studies
    • Science
    • Equity-driven education
    • Multicultural education
    • English language learning
    • Early childhood education
    • Special education

The TLC-IL masters degree is performance-based: our graduates learn teacher leadership skills and stances as addressed by the 2011 National Standards for Teacher Leadershipthe Teacher Leadership Skills Framework (developed in Washington state by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession), and the 2016 National Teacher Leadership Competencies

Who Become TLC-Instructional Leadership Teacher Leaders?

  • Classroom teachers
  • Grade level leaders
  • District office personnel
  • Instructional coaches
  • Curriculum specialists
  • New teacher mentors
  • Assessment coordinators
  • Department chairs
  • Professional learning community leaders
  • Inquiry team members
  • Professional development coordinators