Admission Requirements

All candidates seeking admission to the Teacher Leader Program must:

  • Have a valid Illinois professional educator license (early childhood, elementary, secondary, special PreK-12, or preschool-age 21)
  • Be in a current full-time teaching position, and have one or more years of teaching experience in a PreK-12 setting.
  • Pass the Illinois Basic SkillsTest, TAP Test of Academic Proficiency or have an ACT Plus Writing composite score of 22 or higher.

Admission Procedures

  1. A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from the last degree earned: undergraduate degree indicating a GPA of 2.75 or higher or a graduate degree indicating a GPA of 3.0 or higher, both based on a 4.0 scale. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at
  3. A current resume documenting required teaching experience.
  4. A recommendation from your current building principal or direct supervisor that addresses all of the following:
    • Implementing data analysis skills, resulting in instructional revisions and increased student learning/achievement
    • Documenting strong oral/written communication and interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrating strong leadership skills in a current role or the capacity to assume a significant teacher leader role in the school and/or community environment