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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Lead your educational community 

The Educational Leadership program is focused on the moral purpose of building the capacity of our graduate candidates so that they can go forward and bring Cultures of Character practices into the heart of their school communities. The Program is grounded in program-specific leadership virtues, the development of leader character and the cultivation of practical wisdom.

Why Cultures of Character?

We believe schools serve a role beyond academics. The school setting should also be a place where core values like honesty, compassion, self-discipline, and respect for others can be instilled and practiced. To be effective, experts say, character development needs to be deliberate and comprehensive so that all students have the opportunity to see, discuss, learn, and practice the values embraced by their communities.    

Scholarship Assistance

Through a generous grant from the Kern Family Foundation, Cultures of Character scholarships of 20 - 40% off tuition are available on a competitive basis. The scholarship application is available only at the start of the candidate's Educational Leadership degree program. Awards are based on the applicant's ability to demonstrate:

Service to an underserved community;

Qualifications as an applicant currently underrepresented in administrative ranks;

Commitment to fostering a culture of character in a PK-12 school setting through demonstrated experiences or expertise.

Scholarships are renewable for the entire degree program. 


Candidates may also qualify for an Education Alliance Partnership grant if their school district is a part of North Central's partnership program. 


North Central is proud to partner with the following professional organizations. 

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

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.

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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.

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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 school setting.

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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. 

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West Chicago Cohort

Fall 2022 start only

Through a special partnership, North Central will offer an Educational Leadership cohort for 12 or more aspiring leaders working in West Chicago School Districts. This program will lead to eligibility for the principal endorsement. The application deadline is July 21, with a commitment to enroll deadline of August 1. Contact Marsha Webster (mbwebster@noctrl.edu) for more information.  

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Explore our Master of Education Degrees

Become an innovator and a leader in your educational community! Our new and redesigned master of education degrees will prepare you to guide your school to the next level. At North Central, you will grow into a professional in the field and learn the skills you need to create professional, welcoming environments to help students, teachers and staff grow.  

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