Why Choose EIU?
Preparing Future Leaders
The main mission of the program is to prepare quality candidates for the role of superintendents, principals, and teacher leaders. The students are prepared through providing quality level graduate courses. In the master’s program the teachers are being prepared to be leaders and principals. The education specialist prepares superintendents to be central office administrators.
Jeremie Smith -- the principal at nearby Mattoon Middle School, a graduate of Eastern Illinois University's educational leadership program, and a 2013 recipient of the Illinois Principals Association's Principal of the Year award -- discusses how his training at EIU prepared him to be a successful administrator and how his school's ongoing relationship with Eastern is an asset to the day-to-day operations at MMS.
The Department of Educational Leadership is committed to working within the university in support of the goals and strategic initiatives as outlined by the university administration. In addition there is a strong commitment to work beyond the walls of the university to provide quality levels of service and support to all essential elements of the educational community in Illinois. The Department has a strong tradition of taking the leadership in establishing and maintaining initiatives that continue to support and enhance education in Illinois.
The Department's faculty has been recognized for their active involvement and leadership in the major professional organizations aligned with school administration both regionally and nationally. Our faculty has been instrumental in influencing, supporting and contributing to the ongoing agenda focused on improving the educational program in Illinois. Significant involvement of faculty members in action oriented research has contributed to the direction and redirection of several educational initiatives. Faculty members have served in critical leadership roles at the regional, state and national levels.
The Department of Educational Leadership has actively established strong formal partnerships with the pre-k through 12 school systems by assisting them with their efforts in providing quality educational opportunities for all Illinois students. In addition, the Department also actively maintains strong connections with the various state agencies to secure the proper management of school districts, improvement of curriculum, and the promotion of improved student performance.