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Master's and Specialist programs are offered on-campus with a significant number of courses being offered each semester.  Cohort programs are currently being offered in Champaign (Parkland), Danville, Decatur, Mt. Vernon, Olney, and Vandalia.  These programs are limited to students admitted with permission of the Department and the local Regional Offices of Education. 
 

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership is designed to meet the needs of those educators interested in entry leadership positions in their schools:  grade level leader, team leader, department chair, curriculum director/coordinator, athletic director, dean of students, etc.  The Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership Degree will be composed of 11 courses, or 33 hours of graduate level work.  The required coursework is as follows:

     EDF 5500 Curriculum Development (3 sem hrs)

     EDF 5510 Social Foundations of Education (3 sem hrs)

     EDP 5300 Psychological Foundations for Educational Practice (3 sem hrs)

     ELE 5520 Supporting High Quality Instruction (3 sem hrs)

     SPE 5675 Students with Exceptionalities (3 sem hrs)

      EDL 5410 School Law (3 sem hrs)

     EDL 5420 Managing Educational Resources (3 sem hrs)

     EDL 5600 Introduction to Organization and Administration (3 sem hrs)

     EDL 5700 Enhancing Effective Practice (3 sem hrs)

     EDL 5870 Personnel Administration (3 sem hrs)

     EDL 5900 Research in Education (3 sem hrs)


* A minimum of 33 semester hours is required for the degree.  All hours included in a student's plan of studyMUST be within a 6-year time limit preceding receipt of the degree.  At least 21 hours must be from EIU.  

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Principal Endorsement Program is designed for those educators wanting to pursue leadership roles as an assistant principal or principal.  After successful completion of 18 hours in the Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership program, students may apply for admission into this program.  The Principal Endorsement Program requires, in addition to the master's program, successful completion of an additional nine (9) semester hours of coursework over the course of a year for a total of 42 semester hours.  The required coursework is as follows:

     EDL 5630 The Principalship (3 sem hrs)

     EDL 5891 Practicum in Educational Leadership (Summer) (2 sem hrs)

     EDL 5892 Practicum in Educational Leadership (Fall) (2 sem hrs)

     EDL 5893 Practicum in Educational Leadership (Spring) (2 sem hrs)

In addition to completion of all coursework, four years of full-time teaching experience and successful completion of the Illinois Principal Exam is required for certification.

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Specialist Degree in Educational Administration provides the necessary coursework for graduates to secure the Illinois State Board of Education Certification to be a Superintendent of Schools.  In addition to successful completion of the program, two years of full-time administrative experience and successful completion of the Illinois Superintendent Certification Test are required for certification. This degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours above the Master's Degree.  The required coursework is as follows:

     EDA 6200 Evaluating Student Achievement (4 sem hrs)

     EDA 6600 Organizational Development in Educational Administration (4 sem hrs)

     EDA 6650 Superintendent of Schools (4 sem hrs)

     EDA 6700 Planning and Evaluation of Instructional Programs (3 sem hrs)

     EDA 6800 Current Issues in Educational Administration (4 sem hrs)

     EDA 6810 School Operations and the Law Seminar (2 sem hrs)

     EDA 6850 School Plant Planning (2 sem hrs)

     EDA 6860 School Finance (3 sem hrs)

     EDA 6870 Collective Bargaining (3 sem hrs)

     EDA 6910 Field Experience in Educational Administration (4 sem hrs)

All hours included in a student's plan of study MUST be within a 6-year time limit preceding receipt of the degree.

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Illinois State University Ed.D. Doctoral Program in Educational Administration EIU is partnering with Illinois State University in bringing an Ed.D. P12 Doctoral Degree in Education Administration degree to Eastern; tentative start date is Spring 2013 subject to IBHE approval.  Students interested in possibly applying to this program should contact Dr. Neil Sappington at Illinois State University at nesappi@ilstu.edu or by phone at (309) 438-2058.