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University of Illinois Springfield

Department of Educational Leadership University of Illinois Springfield

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Curriculum Overview

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 teaching 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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Post-Master’s Certificate leading to the Superintendent and/or Chief School Business Official endorsement

Students must apply to UIS and complete department requirements to be admitted to the cohort program. Applicants must hold a valid Principal endorsement or Type 75 administrative certificate to apply.

The Superintendent program is offered every two years, in a weekend cohort model during the fall and spring semesters. The summer term includes two courses, over the course of two weekends in June and three weeks in July (Monday through Thursday).

Department admissions requirements include: a letter of interest, three letters of reference, one writing sample,  a professional resume, complete department application, responses to essay questions, and a copy of your ISBE endorsements. The department requirements must be submitted and evaluated before an admissions decision can be made.