Graduate Overview

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
Master of Arts in Education (Online only)

Graduate Certificates – 5
Certificate of Advanced Study – 2 options  (1 online)
Illinois State Board of Education Endorsement Programs –  6 options (4 online)
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Office Phone: (217) 206-6306 or (217) 206-7516
Office Location: BRK 377 

The purpose of the Department of Educational Leadership is to prepare collaborative, proactive educational leaders committed to improving the quality of leadership in a variety of organizational contexts. This is achieved by assuming leadership positions or roles within educational organizations and classrooms, engaging in scholarly inquiry about school and classroom leadership, meeting state and national standards and school reform initiatives, as well as improving practices within educational arenas.

The Department of Educational Leadership is characterized by an integration of a wide variety of scholarly and clinical activities oriented toward practical application of intellectual, democratic, and ethical aspects of school and classroom leadership. These include courses, clinical experiences, research, and the master’s closure activities. Educational Leadership offers two master’s degrees:  M. A. in Educational Leadership and M. A. in Education (online).

The Department of Educational Leadership also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study leading to a Superintendent Endorsement and/or a Chief School Business Official Endorsement.

Programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.