About the Department
The Educational Leadership department has long adapted academic offerings to busy teachers and administrators who wish to further their education. Faculty members know what it is like to work fulltime and participate in cohorts and clinicals themselves. Most importantly, however, faculty have practical experience, having served as building principals, district superintendents, and higher education administrators.
The EDL program is characterized by an integration of a variety of scholarly and clinical activities oriented toward practical application of intellectual, democratic, and ethical aspects of school and classroom leadership. These include formal courses, clinical experiences, research, and master’s closure activities.
The EDL program serves graduate students seeking one of two degrees:
- The M.A. in Educational Leadership (Principal endorsement) is the on-campus degree for students seeking an administrative certificate.
- The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MTL) degree is the online degree for teachers who wish to assume leadership roles but who are not interested in obtaining an administrative certificate.
Both EDL and MTL courses meet the requirement for teacher certificate renewal. Our graduates are found in school leadership positions throughout the United States, as well as in several countries overseas.
Also available is the Post-Master’s Certificate. This certificate is available to current administrators who already hold a master’s degree:
- Superintendent’s Endorsement (download pdf brochure). This program is available to those who have earned the Type 75 certificate.
- Chief School Business Official (download pdf brochure). This program requires a Master’s degree, but does not require a Type 75 certificate.
The administrative leadership concentration (ADL) is designed to meet the professional growth and in-service needs of Illinois educators. The ADL concentration provides a carefully planned set of experiences and competencies needed to serve in elementary and secondary administrative leadership positions. Courses in the program are appropriate for classroom teachers, State Board of Education personnel, central administrative staff, and school board members. A wide selection of courses is available to meet student needs and interest, while fulfilling degree and/or certification requirements.
The curriculum provides an opportunity to obtain the M.A. in educational leadership, as well as fulfill state requirements for the type 75 general administrative certificate. The master’s degree requires the completion of 40 semester hours of course work, including 32 semester hours of ADL courses.