Centenary University launched a four-course Teacher Leader Endorsement program for certified New Jersey teachers as a standalone certification or as the foundation for a master’s degree in education.
The program, announced Nov. 4, is designed for K–12 teachers who want to expand their professional opportunities and improve their leadership skills.
TLE certification was enacted by the state in 2015 as an incentive for teachers to gain the skills to take on leadership roles in their schools, such as instructional coaches, new-hire mentors or team leaders.
A 2017 report by the New Jersey Teacher Leader Endorsement Advisory Board found that the TLE increases educator skillsets and retention and leads to better outcomes for students.
Centenary was approved to offer the TLE in spring 2020.
The four courses are online, and the TLE candidate works with a teacher-leader to review coursework in an in-person clinical experience at the teacher’s school. The TLE program can be completed in one year, and candidates must pass a state test to earn certification.
Applicants for the TLE must be certified in New Jersey, and have at least four years of teaching experience by the end of the program and positive evaluations.
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