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Cohort Information

Please read the following procedures for applying to a cohort within the department:

Students should first apply to the EIU Graduate School, which can be done via the website.  Our department will then send information to each student regarding departmental application information.  Additional paperwork is required for admission into a cohort program (see below).

Cohorts begin in certain locations at different periods throughout the year.  Please check with the Office Manager at 217-581-2919 or by email at edadmin@eiu.edu to inquire when the next cohort will begin in your area.

Master's in Education in Educational Leadership (M.S.E.D.) - Educational Leadership Cohort Program (Teacher Leader Endorsement)

  • 11 course program, 33 semester hours total
    • 6 semesters (2 year program
    • Classes meet during Spring, Summer and Fall sessions
  • Upon successful completion students will receive M.S. degree in Educational Leadership and be eligible for the Teacher Leader Endorsement on current IL teaching license


Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) - Educational Leadership Cohort Program (Superintendent Endorsement Program)

  • 10 course program, 33 semester hours total
    • 5 semesters
    • Classes meet during Spring, Summer and Fall sessions
  • Upon successful completion students will:
    • receive Ed.S. degree in Educational Administration
    • have the ability to apply for the Illinois Superintendent Endorsement
      • Requires completion of degree, two (2) years of administrative or supervisory experience in K-12 school, passing of state examination                

Current Off-Campus Cohort Locations include

  • Decatur
  • Mt Vernon
  • Olney
  • *Cohorts have also been offered in Champaign (Parkland), Danville, and Vandalia


Cohort Information

  • Most classes will meet in a weekend format (Friday 5-10, Saturday 8-4)
    • 2 semester hour courses typically meet 2 weekends per semester
    • 3 or 4 semester hour courses typically meet 3 weekends per semester
    • Some classes are offered in an online format
  • Classes only cycle through the cohort one time.  If a conflict arises and students are unable to attend class sessions, students are encouraged to drop the course and pick it up at another time or location
  • All class registrations are completed online through the Educational Leadership website
  • Tuition waivers or scholarships cannot be used
  • Tuition and fees paid to the Regional Office of Education (ROE)
  • Financial Aid is available for those students who qualify 


  • Cohort courses are governed by the EIU School of Continuing Education and that office handles all billing and cost information.  Cost information can be found on their website.

Admission into a specific cohort

Additional Forms are necessary for a student to become a member of a cohort.  After applying to the EIU Graduate School, students must complete the appropriate form below for entry into a cohort program:

Cohort Application Form (Master's)

Cohort Application Form (Educational Specialist - Superintendent Program)


Additional Cohort Forms (for reference)

Off Campus Cohort Course Registration Request Form

Off Campus Cohort Course Waitlist Request Form 

Continuing Education Cohort Course Information (cost, direction, courses, etc.)