M. A. in Educational Leadership and the Principal Endorsement

Students must apply to UIS before it is possible to enroll in courses. To be eligible, a student must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a grade-point average of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale. Other admissions requirements for the Principal Endorsement include a candidate portfolio and interview with two faculty members. A student can be conditionally admitted if the GPA is between 2.50 and 3.00. Conditional admission means that the student must achieve a GPA of 3.00 or better in the first eight hours of course work in the EDL program. If a student achieves the required GPA within those first eight hours, he or she will be fully admitted to the program. Transfer credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis with the faculty adviser and approval of the EDL department chair.

Applicants working toward the Principal Endorsement must hold a valid state-issued educator license and must have taught at least two years to apply. Those holding a school service personnel license must also have worked at least three years to apply. A photocopy of the license should be submitted at the time of application to the EDL department.

All admission materials must be received before July 15 for admission to the educational leadership master’s degree program for the fall semester, before November 15 for the spring semester, and before May 1 for the summer session. Late applications will be considered.

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M. A. in Education (MAE) is designed specifically for teachers who wish to assume leadership roles within and beyond the classroom, but who are not interested in obtaining a principal endorsement. It is conducted entirely online and is characterized by lectures, text reading, discussions, and projects, with emphasis on reflection, application, and writing. Courses include studies in teaching, leadership, research, curriculum/instruction, methodology, best practices, school improvement, technology use, and a master’s closure project. Courses in the MAE meet the requirements for teacher licensure renewal. The master’s degree requires the completion of 40 semester hours of course work.