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Educational Leadership, M.A.

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Introduction 

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

  • Higher Education Leadership
  • School Leadership (PreK-12)

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.

Credit hours required: 36

Admission Information

The program's School Leadership (PreK-12) concentration admits students for the the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

The program's Higher Education Leadership concentration admits students for the Fall semester only.

Program Benefits 

The Goodwin College of Education offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes.

Students get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain connections to internships, career fairs and educational conferences.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Career Options 

The Higher Education Leadership concentration prepares students for careers in higher education areas such as:

  • College Admissions and Recruitment 
  • College Multicultural Centers
  • College Residential Life
  • Student Affairs

The School Leadership (PreK-12) concentration prepares students for careers in:

  • educational leadership
  • educational management
  • staff development

The School Leadership (PreK-12) concentration leads to the new State of Illinois Principal Endorsement. 

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and the courses offered toward the degree.

Educational Leadership, M.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Literacy, Leadership and Development.

Literacy, Leadership and Development

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to more than 10,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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