The Educational Leadership Program prepares students to become 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 Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MA-EDL) is designed to equip educators with the skills for positions of administration in K-12 schools, higher education, and educational organizations.  The Principal Administrative Endorsement is an option that many students choose to complete within the required coursework for their MA-EDL.  The Principal endorsement program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Educational Leadership Program integrates of a wide variety of scholarly and clinical activities oriented toward practical application of intellectual, democratic, and ethical aspects of school and classroom leadership. Students will participate in formal courses, clinical experiences, research, and the master’s closure activities.

The Educational Leadership, M.A. is designed to meet the professional growth and in-service needs of Illinois educators.

Leadership is more than administration.

Our programs lead to enriching careers as:

  • Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Professional Development Consultants
  • Educational Coordinators
  • Instructional Specialists
  • Higher Education Administrators
  • Technology Coordinators
  • Academic Advisors
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Military Trainers
  • Community College Instructors

Program Facts

36 Total Credits
Learn online and in-person.
24 Months
Accommodates the Schedules of Working Professionals

A wide selection of courses is available to meet students’ needs and interests while fulfilling degree and/or certification requirements.

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