The M.A. in Educational Leadership is designed to meet the professional growth and professional development needs of Illinois educators. The EDL concentration provides for a carefully planned set of experiences designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed for 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.
The curriculum provides an opportunity to obtain the M.A. in Educational Leadership, as well as an option to fulfill state requirements for the principal endorsement. The master’s degree requires the completion of 36 semester hours of EDL courses.
A student is assigned an academic advisor when he or she is admitted to the EDL Program. The student is expected to contact the academic advisor during the first semester of enrollment. The academic advisor will assist the student in planning his/her program of study and is also available to provide career counseling.
A passing grade in an EDL course is considered to be B or above. A failing grade is given for work below that level. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration.
NOTE: Students also should refer to the campus policy on Grades Acceptable Toward Master’s Degrees section of this catalog.
Communication and Library Skills
Oral and written communication skills are practiced and evaluated in most EDL courses. Satisfactory completion of the master’s closure activities fulfills the UIS communication skills requirement. Completion of EDL 505 or EDL 541 satisfies the library skills requirement.