School Executive Leadership

Students in this track will earn their credential in: Education Policy, Organization & Leadership with a concentration in Educational Administration & Leadership. The research area of study for this track is School Executive Leadership - Superintendent Endorsement.

Typical Plan of Study

Courses Hours

EOL 544 School District Improvement*


EOL 549 Administration Theory*


EOL 560 Clinical Experience Administration*


EOL 561 Education Politics and Policies*


EOL 562 School District Management*


EOL 563 The School Superintendency*


EOL 564 Democracy/Politics*


EOL 565 Human Resource Management*


EOL 566 Financial Administration*


EOL 567 Program Planning & Evaluation*


EOL 590 Advance Seminar**


EOL 598 Thesis Seminar**


EOL 599 Thesis Research**


EPSY 480 Educational Statistics (or approved research sequence course)**


Select One:**

  • CI 550 Methods of Educational Inquiry
  • HRD 580 Qualitative Research in Language & Literature Education
  • EPSY 573 Methods of Educational Inquiry
  • SPED 550 Methods of Educational Inquiry

Select Three Approved Cognate Courses**


Upcoming Courses for your Program

Course Availability Subject to Change. Note: All online courses require your online attendance at the specified date/time

Section CRN Dates Time Day Instructor
2016 Fall: EOL 543 - Leading School Improvement
OB26746510/17/2016-12/7/201606:00 PM - 09:15 PMTClauson, M
2016 Fall: EPS 533 - Global Youth & Citizenship
OB6748410/17/2016-12/7/201607:00 PM - 09:00 PMWHerrera, L

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Program Notes

    • 40 credit hours toward superintendent license*
    • 32 credit hours toward EdD**

It is possible that additional hours for thesis research will be required depending upon the individual student’s time for completion of the dissertation research. EdD students must also complete doctoral qualifying examinations in the general field of educational administration. In a special field, and in research methods, as well as a dissertation. Course work takes 3 years and the entire program can be completed in 5 years of less. A maximum of 7 years is allowed.

Foundations Note: Foundations courses are taught in the summer months only for online and off-campus students. Please choose from either EPS 405 or EPS 415 to complete the EPS requirement. Please select EPSY 408 to complete the EPSY requirement. 

Joint Degree Opportunity: Students in this program may choose to earn their degree and simultaneously complete an M.B.A., with 12 fewer required hours than when pursuing both degrees independently. Students must be enrolled in the M.B.A. program for three terms and complete all the requirements of their primary degree. Interested students should see the joint program requirements and contact the M.B.A. program and their major department office for more information. 

Students should discuss their individual plan of study with their advisor.

Program Codes

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (EPOL)>Education Administration & Leadership (EAL)>School Executive Leadership (SEL)>

  • Off-Campus at Oakton Community College
    • Certificate of Advanced Study (10KS5399CASX) - per credit hour $664
    • Doctor of Education (10KS5399EDDX) - per credit hour $664
  • On-Campus at Urbana-Champaign
    • Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)
    • Doctor of Education (EDD)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

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Online Learning Expectations

  • Students must login within the first 48 hours of a course start and at least once every 72 hours after that to maintain "active" status. Furthermore, students must log in on at least 4 of the 7 days per week.
  • Time commitment varies by program. Expect to spend at least 20 hours per week in our graduate level courses. If you're like many students, you might find it hard to get started when there are no hard deadlines. So, doing well in an online course isn't just about intelligence, but also about being organized and self-motivated. Learning to control time instead of letting time control you is key! You might also find it a little strange communicating with faculty that you have never met in person. This type of work requires a whole different set of skills than learning in a traditional classroom.
  • Communication and conduct in your online course will be held to the same standards and be governed by the same policies as any on-campus course. Student should know how to: contribute to the course in a meaningful way; to compose course assignments, email messages and discussion board postings using appropriate tone, language, grammar and spelling; to avoid cheating, plagiarism, giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on tests or assignments; to know your student rights and responsibilities. 

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