master of education in educational leadership

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership Program

with Eligibility for Principal Endorsement

This program was designed to help you become a more effective leader for PK-12 schools while meeting Illinois principal endorsement requirements. Thanks to the generosity of the Kern Family Foundation, this program also includes an internship fellowship program, targeted scholarships, and an enhanced curriculum that prepares you to foster a culture of character that develops social and emotional skills at your school.

Lead Your Educational Community

You want to step on the forefront and make an impact in your school. The program prepares aspiring school leaders and principals with a focused emphasis on both character development of the leader and the importance of building a school infrastructure of character. We prepare leaders who model character, inspire collaboration, foster positive relationships, build cohesive systems, and support a culture embedded with character so each child and adult can realize potential. 

Program Details

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Eligibility for Principal Endorsement will help you become an innovative, impactful leader for PK-12 schools. Faculty will foster your expertise with school improvement, teacher development, management and respect for the cultural diversity of students and their families.

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A generous grant from the Kern Family Foundation enables North Central College to provide scholarships to applicants who are underrepresented in administrative ranks, currently work in underserved communities, or demonstrate a commitment to fostering a culture of character in a PK-12 setting. 


Character Initiatives

The program's Character Initiatives were designed in partnership with the Kern Family Foundation to produce the most principled, responsible and best equipped educational leaders possible.



The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program features a curriculum infused with research-based character education instruction. You’ll learn what it takes to promote a culture of character in your school while also mastering strong management and operational skills.

Start Your Graduate Application

A username and password will be generated and sent to the email you provide. You will have 30 days to complete the online application. In order to submit the application, your essay and resume will need to be uploaded. Separately from the application, you will need to submit additional items depending on your program. 


How to Apply

We're thrilled you're interested in becoming part of the Cardinal family! To make the process easier for you, we want to provide you with all the information you may need to apply and give you an overview of what should be included in your application packet.