Master Teacher


Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Master Teacher

Master Teacher Information

Please review the information below as it relates to the Master Teacher Designation. This is an opportunity for many of our teachers to receive this prestigious designation. Interested teachers should attend the Informational Session as scheduled: 

Virtual Informational Meeting 

November 19, 2020 with this virtual meeting link:  

    -”learn more about what is expected”

Dear Colleagues, 

Please review the information below as it relates to the Master Teacher Designation.  This is an opportunity for many of our teachers to receive this prestigious designation.  Interested teachers should attend the Informational Session scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020  via Google Meet:

The Master Teacher Program allows teachers to demonstrate their practice based on the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession.  This information sheet will outline what our district process is and will explain why a teacher might be interested in undergoing this option.

Master Teacher

A master teacher demonstrates excellence inside and outside of the classroom through consistent leadership and focused collaboration to maximize student learning.  A master teacher strives for distinguished teaching and continued professional growth as specified by the Standards for Ohio Teachers.   (Ohio Department of Education, Spring 2010)


Master Teacher candidates, who have worked at least seven years under a teaching contract, apply to earn this designation through a portfolio they will develop throughout the school year.  There are five focus areas in the portfolio that need to be supported by evidence: Consistent Leadership; Focused Collaboration; Distinguished Teaching – Focus on Students and Environment; and Continued Professional Growth.  There is no cost to apply, but to be done properly the portfolio will take some time to prepare.


In recognition of the time spent assembling a portfolio, participants can earn PDU’s. Also, advanced professional licenses will be the preferred requirements for teacher leadership positions in the district. In the upcoming years, the pool of teachers with these licenses may be sought to fill mentor and coaching positions, as well as team/grade level leadership opportunities.

Licensure Opportunities:

Teachers may earn a five-year Senior Professional Educator License if they have a Master’s Degree in education; nine years licensed teaching with at least five years under a professional license or permanent certificate, and successful completion of the Master Teacher Portfolio.


Teachers may also earn a five-year Lead Professional Educator License if they have already met the requirements for the Senior Professional Educator License and have earned the new Teacher Leader Endorsement through an accredited institution OR hold an active National Board Certification.



Informational Meeting

  -learn more about what is expected

Thursday, November 19, 2020

4:00 – 5:00 PM via Google Meets:

Letter of Intent to sign up (SEE ATTACHED)

   -a form that helps the committee prepare for the needs of the candidates

First Monday in December

Monday, December 7, 2020

Candidate Monthly Support Sessions

   -a forum to help candidates and get feedback

   - Google Meet links will be shared

December 10, 2020

January 14, 2021

February 18, 2021

March 23, 2021

April 27, 2021

Application Deadline

   -portfolio and all supporting documentation

First Monday in May

Monday, May 3, 2021

Notification of Results to Candidates

 Friday, May 14, 2021

Look for more information on our district website by following the Human Resources link under the "About" tab or view the Ohio Department of Education website at under “Teaching” tab or search for “Master Teacher”.


We hope to “see “you at our informational meeting on November 19h via Google Meet so we can answer your questions and give you more detailed information.


The Master Teacher Committee

Melissa Garcar (Chair)

Dani Copeland

Courtney White

Paul Lombardo

Lia Radke, Candidate Facilitator

View  a presentation about the Master Teacher Renewal Program.
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