Northeastern Illinois University offers the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree. Students may select one of two concentrations:

  1. School Leadership (PreK-12);
  2. Higher Education Leadership.

Program objectives for the concentrations have been designed to develop exemplary administrative leaders and to foster their continuing growth and effectiveness. Specifically, students in the School Leadership (PreK-12) concentration develop competencies related to effective leadership, educational management practices, and staff development at the school level. This concentration leads to The State of Illinois Principal Endorsement.

The Higher Education Leadership concentration provides knowledge and skills related to the history and development of colleges, universities, and community colleges, and to effective administrative practices at that level. It stresses an understanding of administrative and supervisory skills for the development and support of instructional systems at the collegiate level. Students in this concentration have the option of completing a thesis. Courses are taught in the evenings and Saturdays at the main campus, at El Centro, at Carruthers Center, at Lake County, and at a variety of locations in the Chicago metropolitan area through Distance Education and web-enhanced courses.

Requirements for Admission to the Program:

For students admitted to Master’s Programs for the Fall 1997 semester and thereafter, all graduate credits must be at the 400 level. Consult with your program advisor or the Graduate College for details.

In addition to the requirements of the Graduate College for admission, students who wish to enroll in the Master’s Degree Program in Educational Leadership must meet the following eligibility requirements:

ADMISSION PROCESS (SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PREK12)

Candidates desiring admission to the Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (PreK-12 concentration) begin by completing an application for and obtaining Northeastern Illinois University’s Student at Large (SAL) designated status. This status allows students to enroll in up to three courses without full admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Students admitted as a SAL then use the program’s first introductory course, LEAD-424, to complete the graduate program application for admission1 as the class professor provides time to assist students with the details of the formal program application process.

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Application completed during LEAD-424

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale) from most recent degree.
  • Valid and current Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) (i.e., early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12, or special preschool-age 21 certificate) OR until June 30, 2019, endorsed in a school support personnel area (i.e., school counselor, school psychologist, speech language pathologist (non-teaching), school nurse, school social worker, school marriage and family counselor).  Under current law, ISBE requires school support personnel to graduate and obtain the Principal Endorsement no later than June 30, 2019.
  • Completion of two years of PK-12 full-time teaching OR school support personnel experience within the last five years.
  • Passage of the Illinois Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)/ Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  ACT plus writing or SAT scores may be eligible to be used in lieu of these tests.Students who choose to use the ACT plus Writing or SAT score for admission to the Goodwin College of Education must request that ACT or SAT send an official score report to themselves for college approval and send an official score report to Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). More information Goodwin College Admission Website. If scores are not reflected in the student’s ELIS account, NEIU will not be able to complete the entitlement process.
  • Two letters of recommendation (completed by supervisors).
  • Two NEIU Disposition Assessments (completed by supervisors).
  • Successful completion of a written exam provided by the department.
  • Completion of a successful teaching or school support personnel portfolio.
  • In-person interview.
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See ISBE policy regarding using these Test at ISBE.NET.

ADMISSION PROCESS (HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP) 

Candidates desiring admission to the Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education should first contact the facilitator of that graduate program.  Students then complete the application to the Graduate College indicating their program preference.  Additional admission requirements include:

  • A personal statement indicating one's experience in Higher Education
  • A resume
  • In-person interview
  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Two letters of recommendation

Program Requirements:

  1. Selection of a concentration in School Leadership (PreK-12) or Higher Education Leadership.
  2. Completion of 36 credit hours according to prescribed sequences.
  3. Successful completion of the Departmental  Comprehensive Examinations.

Required Courses:

School Leadership (PreK-12) Concentration (36 credit hours)

Sequence I

LEAD-424 should be the first course taken as a Student-At-Large. During this course, time is allotted to work on the formal graduate program application process. It is recommended to take LEAD-421 the same semester.

LEAD-424Introduction To Evaluation Of Certified & Support Staff3
LEAD-421Educational Leadership And Organizational Studies3
LEAD-429Research Design & Analysis Of Educational Data3
LEAD-436Human Resources Administration In Education3
LEAD-401Instructional Leadership3
LEAD-422The Principalship3

Successfully complete Part I of the Comprehensive Examination.

Note: Upon successful completion of LEAD 424 and LEAD 421 and admittance to the program, Part I of the Comprehensive Examination should be taken.

Sequence II

LEAD-433School Law & Ethics3
LEAD-432School Finance & Budgeting3
LEAD-431School & Community Relations3
LEAD-434
LEAD-435
LEAD-437
Internship I
and Internship II
and Internship III
9

The capstone experience in the Educational Leadership program is the three-course internship sequence. Students must plan their internship experience to provide for three consecutive internship classes. 

Successfully complete Part II of the Comprehensive Examination.

Additional Program Information:                                                                                                                    

The Illinois Performance Evaluation (PERA) Growth Through Learning Training and Assessment and the 195-196 Principal as Instructional Leader exam are required for graduation from the program.

Higher Education Leadership Concentration (36 credit hours)

Sequence I
LEAD-421Educational Leadership And Organizational Studies3
LEAD-491Foundations In Higher Education3
COUN-468HSeminar In Counseling:Student Personnel Work In Higher Education3
LEAD-429Research Design & Analysis Of Educational Data3
LEAD-413Human Relations And Leadership3
Elective course3
Sequence II
LEAD-492Resources, Institutional Planning And Finance In Higher Education3
LEAD-493The Law Of Higher Education3
LEAD-495Practicum In Higher Education3
3 Elective courses9
OR
Thesis Seminar (and 1 additional elective)
Comprehensive Examination
Total Hours36

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

School Leadership

First Year
Term 1Hours
LEAD-421Educational Leadership And Organizational Studies3
LEAD-424Introduction To Evaluation Of Certified Support Staff3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
LEAD-436Human Resources Administration In Education3
LEAD-429Research Design Analysis Of Educational Data3
 Term Hours6
Term 3
LEAD-422The Principalship3
LEAD-401Instructional Leadership3
 Term Hours6
Second Year
Term 1
LEAD-433School Law Ethics3
LEAD-434Internship I3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
LEAD-432School Finance Budgeting3
LEAD-435Internship II3
 Term Hours6
Term 3
LEAD-431School Community Relations3
LEAD-437Internship III3
 Term Hours6
 Total Hours: 36

Higher Education Leadership

First Year
Term 1Hours
LEAD-421Educational Leadership And Organizational Studies3
LEAD-491Foundations In Higher Education3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
LEAD-496BSeminar In Higher Education: The Problematic Pipeline - Latinos And Latinas In Higher Education3
COUN-468HSeminar In Counseling:Student Personnel Work In Higher Education3
 Term Hours6
Term 3
LEAD-429Research Design Analysis Of Educational Data3
LEAD-413Human Relations And Leadership3
 Term Hours6
Second Year
Term 1
LEAD-492Resources, Institutional Planning And Finance In Higher Education3
LEAD-480The Community College3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
LEAD-495Practicum In Higher Education3
LEAD-490Adult Learner3
 Term Hours6
Term 3
LEAD-496CSeminar In Higher Education: Critical Policy Issues In Latino Higher Education3
LEAD-493The Law Of Higher Education3
 Term Hours6
 Total Hours: 36