Welcome to the Linda R. Baker Teacher Leader Center, a comprehensive professional development center and professional learning commons designed to create the next generation of 21st century teachers, leaders, scholars and innovators. The Teacher Leader Center adds value and vitality to the teacher education experience and enhances the marketability of our professional students and scholars through unique programs that are highly relevant to today’s education.

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Here’s a snapshot of what we do in the TLC:

Teacher Leader Certificate

The Teacher Leader Certificate is a series of competencies and experiences in the areas of assessment, technology, diversity and community engagement offered through workshops, and community partnerships to encourage strong classroom leadership skills among teacher education students.

Professional Development for Iowa's Teachers

State of Iowa teachers can earn Iowa Licensure Renewal Credit through relevant, research and evidence-based professional development workshops and courses. For more information, click here.

*University of Iowa Alumni receive a 10% discount on all professional development courses and workshops offered through the Baker Teacher Leader Center.

Key to the success of the TLC are strong community partnerships with educational agencies (AEAs), community organizations, and multiple schools to provide access to classrooms where future teachers can innovate, improve, and inspire. In the TLC you will find:

  • Twenty-first century skills: we recognize the changing landscape of schools and the professional development needs of new and career teachers.
  • Teacher-leaders: new teachers embrace the powerful amalgamation of integrated technologies, contemporary awareness, and exposure to world class PD.
  • Collaboration: students will gain the requisite abilities to join school communities as effective collaborators and as the next generation of teacher-leaders.

Please stop in and visit us anytime.


Will Coghill-Behrends, Ph.D.

Director, Programs and Partnerships


Kari Vogelgesang, Ph.D.

Director, Professional Development





Director, Programs and Partnerships
Director, Professional Development

Baker Teacher Leader Center
N110 Lindquist Center
College of Education
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242