Master of Arts in Leadership in Educational Administration (MA)
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The program in Educational Administration provides a contemporary approach to school administration as a sense-making, problem-solving activity that emphasizes leadership rather than management. Students learn to analyze organizational problems from multiple perspectives, learn about empowering leadership practices, and learn to develop qualities associated with effective leadership and informed decision-making. Courses focus on practical issues that school leaders face with an emphasis on making the connections that are necessary for effective administration. A required field experience provides additional opportunities for considering issues from a variety of perspectives and to make the connections between theory and practice. The department also offers a Type 75 Certification Program sequence for persons with a master's degree who wish to obtain a General Administrative Endorsement.
The program in Educational Administration program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, and satisfying requirements for a Type 75 certificate with the general administrative endorsement necessary for entry level school administrators.
The program in Educational Administration requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. Please see the Graduate School Catalog for a detailed list of program requirements.
Estimated Time to Complete the Program
Students carrying a full-time course load can reasonably expect to complete the program in two years. Students carrying a part-time course load have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.
In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the Leadership in Educational Administration program should have an undergraduate major GPA of 3.0/4.0 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75/4.0. Applicants must also submit official scores from the GRE General Test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and three professional and/or academic letters of reference, one of which must be from a current supervisor.
Department Contact Information
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Jenny Tripses, (309) 677-3593, email@example.com
Dr. Christopher Rybak, (309) 677-3171, firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri Preston, (309) 677-3193, email@example.com