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Master of Arts in School Leadership

College of Education


Program Description

On September 7, 2012 The Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) approved Northeastern Illinois University's new principal preparation Masters Degree Program in School Leadership leading to the new State of Illinois Principal Endorsement. Students who complete the Master's degree program in School Leadership at NEIU matriculate to positions of leadership in their schools and communities and receive the new State of Illinois Principal Endorsement.

The sequence of courses and the objectives of the School Leadership Program have been designed to develop exemplary school leaders and to foster their continued growth and effectiveness. Our program includes three internship experiences, thus providing for a unique blend of theory and practice in preparation for positions of leadership. Students who successfully complete the course concentration in School Leadership will develop competencies in effective leadership, educational management practices, and staff development at the school level. Completion of the twelve-course program will result in the award of an M.A. degree in School Leadership. This concentration also leads to the new State of Illinois Principal Endorsement.


Admission Requirements

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:

  1. A bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited Institution of higher education. For those with a bachelor’s degree only, a grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraduate work is required. Students with a lower grade point average may be accepted conditionally.
  2. Admission to the School Leadership concentration requires two years of verified full-time teaching experience in schools recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (two years of verified full-time experience for school psychologists and school social workers in their respective fields may be substituted for teaching experience). Admission to the concentration in Higher Education Leadership does not require teaching experience.
  3. For applicants pursuing their first master’s degree, completion of the General Test portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This requirement is waived for applicants who have already earned a master's degree.

Degree Requirements
  1. Selection of a concentration in School Leadership or Higher Education Leadership.
  2. Completion of thirty-six credit hours according to prescribed sequences.
  3. Successful completion of the Departmental Comprehensive Examination

Required Courses:
School Leadership Concentration (36 cr. hrs.)

Sequence I (courses may be taken in any order)
These courses may be taken by students-at-large while the student is applying to the Graduate College for admission to the program.

LEAD-421 Foundations of Educational Leadership and
Organizational Studies.....3 cr.
LEAD-424 School Supervision......................................3 cr.
Complete the Illinois Test of Basic Skills. This is a requirement for admission to the program. Apply to the Graduate College for official admission to the program.

Sequence II (courses may be taken in any order)
LEAD-429 Research in Educational Leadership............3 cr.
LEAD-436 The Administration of School Personnel......3 cr.
Note: For applicants with a previous master’s degree, LEAD 429 may be waived (replaced with an elective) if you have taken a research course in your previous master’s degree coursework and received a grade of B or better. The course must also meet the Graduate College requirements. After you have been admitted to the program, make an appointment with the coordinator in order to discuss your options.

An elective course............................................................3 cr.
Departmentally approved elective courses are as follows:

EDFN-416 Cultural Pluralism and the Schools
LEAD-413 Human Relations and Leadership
LEAD-428 Seminar in Educational Administration
LEAD-438 Collective Negotiations
LEAD-470 Use of the Microcomputer for School Administrators and Supervisors
SPED-470 Administration and Supervision in Special Education
Successfully complete Part I of the Comprehensive Examination.

Note: Upon successful completion of Sequence I and admittance to the program, Part I of the Comprehensive Examination must be taken. An application is required for the Comprehensive examination. Contact the Coordinator of Student Services at (773) 442-5528 for more detailed information.

LEAD-434 Administrative Practicum I..............................3 cr.
Note: An application is required for the Practicum. Contact the Coordinator of Student Services at (773) 442-5528 for more detailed information.

Sequence III (Courses may be taken in any order)
Admission to the program is a requirement for taking courses in Sequences III and IV.

LEAD-401 Curriculum and Instruction...........................3 cr.
LEAD-422 Elementary and Secondary School Administration
and Supervision: The Principal................3 cr.
LEAD-431 School Community Relations.......................3 cr.
LEAD-432 School Finance............................................3 cr.
LEAD-433 School Law..................................................3 cr.

Sequence IV
LEAD-435 Administrative Practicum II..........................3 cr.
Note: An application is required for the Practicum. Contact the Coordinator of Student Services at (773) 442-5528 for more detailed information.

Successfully complete Part II of the Comprehensive Examination

Note: An application is required for the Comprehensive Examination. Contact the Coordinator of Student Services at (773) 442-5528 for more detailed information.

Higher Education Leadership Concentration (36 cr. hrs.)

Sequence I
LEAD-413 Human Relations and Leadership................3 cr.
LEAD-421 Foundations of Educational Leadership
and Organization Studies.........................3 cr.
LEAD-429 Research in Educational Leadership............3 cr.
COUN-468H Student Personnel Work
in Higher Education..................................3 cr.
LEAD-491 Foundations of Higher Education................3 cr.
Elective............................................................................. 3 cr.

Sequence II
LEAD-492 Resources, Institutional Planning,
and Finance in Higher Education.............3 cr.
LEAD-493 The Law in Higher Education.......................3 cr.
LEAD-495 Practicum in Higher Education....................3 cr.
Three Electives.................................................................9 cr.
OR
LEAD-430 Thesis Seminar.............................................6 cr.
and
One additional elective.....................................................3 cr.
Comprehensive Examination
Total 36 cr.

Certification Program
For those candidates who already possess a master’s degree and are interested in certification only, programs are provided for entitlement to the following state certificates: General Administration and Chief School Business Official.

Type 75 - General Administration Certificate
Same as the School Leadership Program, except the elective is not required.