Educational Leadership Graduate Degrees

M.Ed. or Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision

The educational leadership master's in administration and supervision degree program at National Louis University is designed for licensed and experienced educators who want to take on leadership roles —including principal positions— in K-12 educational settings. Offered through our National College of Education, it’s ideal for those looking for an Administration and Supervision MED or CAS (formerly Type 75 certification), or those interested in graduate degrees for education administration.

Consider getting your educational leadership master's at NLU if you:

  • Want to earn your Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed for general administrative in Illinois
  • Desire to take on a leadership role in education

A non-licensure degree program is also available for those who do not qualify for or are not interested in the licensure or endorsements listed above. Individuals who might be interested in this program include principals of private or charter schools and anyone lacking a state of Illinois teaching license.

Why NLU for an Educational Leadership Master's

NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and administrator training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, we’ve trained thousands of Chicago-area teachers, and continue to graduate the majority of Illinois’ Golden Apple Award winners — one of the most prestigious teacher honors in the state. Our instructors bring both academic skills and their extensive leadership experience to the classroom, which brings unique depth to NLU’s Degrees in Education programs.

What You Will Learn

  • How to design and analyze system priorities and improvement plans
  • How to effectively lead and manage, while building collaboration in a school environment to ensure both student and faculty success
  • How to work more effectively with a team to identify, clarify and solve organizational challenges
  • How to evaluate financial and budgetary appropriations
  • How to effectively evaluate and supervise staff

Career Outlook

Employment for school administrators is projected to grow about 8 percent between 2008 and 2018. Job opportunities should be excellent due to a large number of expected retirements and fewer applicants.[1]

Convenient 18–22 month formats

NLU’s Administration and Supervision program is offered in two convenient formats designed to fit your professional and personal commitments. A traditional on-campus format and a blended format that combines on-campus courses with online instruction.

Master of Education (M.Ed.):The M.Ed. degree is designed for licensed professional teachers seeking advanced preparation for higher levels of professional competence in the classroom.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.): The Ed.S. degree is a post-master, pre-doctoral degree designed to meet the needs of school leaders who have completed their master’s level work and need advanced specialization in the areas of their master’s concentration.

Additional Program Requirements

A required internship component is part of the NLU endorsement/ licensure program. Students will complete a variety of significant school leadership experiences and will have an internship advisor from NLU to support them throughout their program.

The internship is based on the state of Illinois requirements. Candidates will complete a set of competencies designed to prepare them to be effective principals.

The internship also includes video evaluation of teacher performance, mock interviews, resume building, etc. Illinois graduating students will be eligible for the Illinois CPS principal test.

The non-endorsement track replaces the 6 semester hours of internship (EDL598) with electives in the field of leadership or education. Recommended electives are EDL510, Leadership and Organizational Development of Schools, and EDL512, Communication and Technology Skills for School Leaders.

State Licensure Requirements

Illinois
As of September 1, 2012 the state of Illinois required all Administration and Supervision programs that lead to an Illinois general administrative endorsement be revised and seek new approval. The NLU Educational Leadership Program in Administration and Supervision has been approved to meet the new Illinois requirements. Candidates will be eligible to apply for the new endorsement in Illinois upon successful completion of the program.

The state of Illinois recently changed naming conventions for teaching certification types. To view the complete list of name changes, click here

Prepare for the TAP at NLU

Want to enroll in a teacher-preparation program at NLU? If so, NLU offers various options to help you get ready for the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). This includes NEW three-week courses that feature a personalized learning plan and are designed to develop competencies necessary to pass the TAP. These courses will be offered from January to March.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU’s general admission requirements as well as state-specific program requirements for the Administration and Supervision program. Refer to the appropriate Application Checklist available online at www.nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling in NLU’s Educational Leadership Master's in Administration and Supervision program. Talk to your Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).



[1] www.bls.gov/oco/ocos007.htm#outlook

Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard
    Suite 102
    Tampa, Florida 33634
    800.366.6581 | www.nl.edu/florida

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    414.577.2658

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