The Educational Administration & Leadership (EAL) program offers graduate programs that embrace the broad array of leadership, administrative and supervisory positions in elementary and secondary education, including such positions as teacher leaders, division and content area chairs, deans, principals, central office administrators, and superintendents. In addition, our program prepares individuals for educational policy and research positions and higher education faculty positions in PK-12 educational leadership and policy. Educational leadership and organizational theory and practice are emphasized in the program. The EAL program is a partner organization of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative and our principal preparation program is an approved provider for Chicago Public Schools. Through EAL, educators can obtain the Illinois teacher leader, principal, and superintendent endorsements. All degree options are offered on-campus, with selected off-campus locations in Chicago (principal, teacher leader), and Des Plaines, Illinois (superintendent, principal, teacher leader).

Who should apply

Practicing educators at all levels with at least two years of successful full-time experience as an educator who want to:

  • Create organizational conditions ensuring that every child experiences high levels of academic performance, and ensure equitable and collaborative participation by all relevant stakeholders in school governance.
  • Understand the essential role of effective social justice and learning leaders in school reform initiatives, and who ensure that policies facilitate the improved achievement of every student.
  • Work toward the creation and dissemination of knowledge for leadership development, education policy, and school improvement.

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