Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement, M.Ed.

Impact students’ futures in a strong leadership role.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement program at Lewis University focuses on research-based pedagogy and content to prepare candidates to increase the achievement of students in their schools (Pre-K through Age 22). Upon graduation, candidates will be prepared in crucial areas such as ethical and moral leadership, school governance, school law, curriculum, instruction and assessment, school finance, and other practices related to leadership of schools.

The Educational Leadership graduate program meets the standards for building level leadership set by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). This graduate program is fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Scholarship Options

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Sample Courses:
  • Critical Issues in School Law for Educational Leaders
  • Ethical and Moral Foundations of Educational Leadership
  • Organizational Systems in Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement
  • Supervision for Professional Development
  • Multicultural Foundations for Educators and Counselors
  • Special Education Law
Admission Requirements
  • Professional Educator License (PEL) with Teacher Endorsement
  • Fulfillment of House Bill 150 (Survey of Exceptional Children and Adolescents or Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities)
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for the final 60 credit hours completed
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Four years successful teaching experience
  • Successful completion of Lewis University COESS Graduate Writing Sample
  • Submission of graduate application form
  • Two completed College of Education and Social Sciences recommendation forms
  • Meet with the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director for a personal interview to discuss educational goals
Please refer to the Office of Admissions for application requirements and specific next steps.

Director of Special Education Endorsement Option

Students who hold a Professional Educator License with a Principal Endorsement may complete coursework leading to Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approval for the Director of Special Education Endorsement, via individual transcript evaluation. Interested students may apply for the Endorsement by submitting all transcripts to ISBE for review, who will then notify the student if any additional coursework is required to fulfill the Endorsement.

Life After Lewis

Our graduates are able to bring their advanced knowledge to the following career options:
  • Principal or Assistant Principal

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