Master of Arts in Education

The MAE program of the Department of Educational Leadership prepares teacher-leaders who excel in teaching and non-administrative leadership roles in their organizations and communities.

Graduates gain renewed teaching methodologies, technology abilities, and knowledge to lead their organizations.

Welcome from Dr. Scott Day, Professor and Chair


What’s New

2018 Spring Newsletter

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Learning (16 Credit Hours)

The purpose of the graduate certificate in Leadership and Learning is to provide advanced training in curriculum, assessment, and pedagogy. This program will help PK-12 teachers gain additional knowledge and skills in school improvement issues, enhancing teacher performance in addressing student needs, and the use of data-driven decision making. By completing the prescribed 16 hours, the courses have a two-fold purpose:

  1. for teachers who are looking for advanced online training without taking an entire degree, or
  2. for teachers who want the courses to be applied toward the M.A. in Education degree program.

The following courses are required for completion:

  • Educational Research Methods, 4 credits
  • Action Research for Leadership, 4 credits
  • Assessment for Learning, 4 credits
  • Foundations of Online Learning, 4 credits

Graduate Certificates and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Endorsements

  • Students pursuing LBS1 and K-12 Ed. Tech. Specialist endorsements: the following form should be completed, signed, and mailed to the department:

ISBE Entitlement Request Form

  • K-12 Education Technology Specialist ISBE Endorsement
  • Higher Education Online Pedagogy Certificate
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) ISBE Endorsement
  • Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) ISBE Endorsement
  • Leadership and Learning Certificate
  • Legal Aspects of Education Certificate