School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Department of Education
Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Master of Education in Educational Leadership
with Eligibility for Principal Endorsement
The master of education in educational leadership (M.Ed.) with eligibility for principal endorsement will help you become an innovative, impactful leader for PK-12 schools. You will gain insight on creating a “culture of character” for your school. Faculty will foster your expertise with school improvement, teacher development, management and respect for the cultural diversity of students and their families. You will learn how to create a professional learning environment that encourages the growth of students, teachers and staff.
You must be a currently licensed teacher to apply. Those who hold a Type 73 certificate may also qualify for the program until 2021.
Watch our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership webinar to learn more.
- Curriculum that meets the licensure requirements for the principal endorsement
- Engaged alumni who frequently share their professional expertise and serve as principal mentors
- Full-time faculty who are involved in state and national leadership programs and stay ahead of the latest education trends
- Partnerships with working principals and other administrators
- Hybrid course offerings and cohorts at local school districts
Principal Endorsement Standards
Candidates successfully completing a principal preparation program shall obtain a principal endorsement and are eligible to work as a principal or assistant principal. (Section 21-7.1 of the School Code; also see 23 Ill. Adm.Code 25.337)
Principal endorsement licensure requirements:
- State of Illinois Supervision modules
- State of Illinois Principal Exams (195 & 196)
The M.Ed. in educational leadership with eligibility for principal endorsement provides a strong foundation of knowledge, dispositions and performance. This foundation is based on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL, formerly ISLLC), designed to prepare candidates to become successful school assistant principals and principals. It is also aligned with National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) and Illinois Performance Standards for School Leaders.
Master of Education in Educational Leadership Curriculum
The degree requires a student to complete 36 credit hours of prescribed coursework:
- Seven 4-credit hour courses
- A year-long internship (3 courses, 8 credit hours total)
View the 2019-20 Academic Calendar (PDF) for program start dates.
- Develop insight into the complexities of culture and change agency
- Examine school improvement efforts in the areas of character, social-emotional learning and positive school cultures
- Build skills for outreach, partnership, and advocacy among stakeholders
- Explore the latest research on school efficacy and leadership
- Link pedagogy, assessment and the school improvement process
- Gain an understanding of management, litigation, and financing
- MEDU 500: Mission-driven Leadership
- MEDU 535: Supervision & Instruction
- MEDU 536: School, Home, & Community
- MEDU 610: Operations & Management
- MEDU 620: Driven School Improvement
- MEDU 622: School Law & Policies
- MEDU 691: Education Internship I
- MEDU 692: Education Internship II
- MEDU 693: Education Internship Residency
- MEDU 696: Educational Leadership Capstone
An Educational Leadership Culminating Portfolio is also required (detailed in MEDU 500 and the Capstone).
You will complete a flexible, twelve-month internship (MEDU 691, MEDU 692, and MEDU 693) with experiences in the school improvement process, teacher development, management, and competency in meeting the needs of diverse students. The program and its internship requirements can still be completed while you are employed full-time in a school setting.
With support from your district, you can apply for an administrative fellowship. If you are selected, your district would be provided with funding to cover a substitute for your regular position so you can complete a full-time, semester-long internship with a principal as a mentor. During your internship, you’ll have the chance to create projects designed to bring about a culture of character at your host school.
More information, including how to apply for the fellowship, will be available as part of your educational leadership coursework. North Central College will work with you to ensure the required cooperation from your school district.
Master of Education Grants and Scholarships
Education Alliance Partnership
North Central College has partnered with several businesses and school districts to offer eligible M.Ed. students a 20 percent tuition discount. We invite you to explore the Education Alliance Grant to learn more.
- Find out how your school district can qualify for the Education Alliance Grant. (PDF)
The Kern Family Foundation Cultures of Character Scholarships
The Cultures of Character Scholarship was established thanks to the generosity of the Kern Family Foundation. Annual scholarships will be awarded for 20-40 percent off tuition for select candidates who meet the eligibility criteria.
- Interested candidates must be first be accepted to the master of education in educational leadership program.
- Scholarship applications must be completed prior to beginning the first course in the program.
- Awards will be considered based primarily 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
Recipients of the scholarship are expected to:
- be fully engaged in coursework
- promote the goals of the scholarship through character development work
- participate annually in a minimum of two activities sponsored by North Central College to promote the educational leadership program and/or the scholarship and its aforementioned goals
- More information, including a link to the Cultures of Character Scholarship application, will be provided upon acceptance into the master of education in educational leadership program.
- Learn more about the Cultures of Character scholarship, fellowship opportunities, and character education institute benefits at The Kern Family Foundation Character Initiatives.