M.Ed. or Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision
The educational leadership graduate 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. Our educational leadership graduate program is ideal for those looking for an those interested in earning a Principal Endorsement in IL - formerly Type 75 certification.
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.
Consider getting your educational leadership graduate degree 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
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Educational Leadership Graduate Degree Options
Master of Education (M.Ed.):The Master's in Administration and Supervision 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. in Administration and Supervision 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.
Why Earn a Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership at NLU?
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 graduate education degree programs.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Prepare for the TAP at NLU
Want to enroll in a educator-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 three-week intensive courses that feature a personalized learning plan and are designed to develop competencies necessary to pass the TAP. Register today!
Administration and Supervision Graduate Program Admission Requirements
All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.
Get more information today about enrolling at NLU. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist.
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.