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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Lead your educational community 

You want to step to the forefront and make an impact in your school. Our 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.


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Why Cultures of Character?

The emphasis on character combined with culture-building allows future leaders to not only design curricular efforts for character education and Social Emotional Learning, but also extend this work throughout all aspects of the school environment.

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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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Program Details

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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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