MA Illinois Principal Preparation Program

Concordia University Chicago’s Illinois Principal Preparation Master’s Program trains education professionals for administrative responsibility within schools. This Master’s in School Leadership with Illinois K-12 Principal Endorsement program is intended to help the students:

  • Encourage the success of all students through creating and applying a shared idea of learning and programs which support this learning.
  • Advance basic skills in management and leadership of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, well-organized and operative learning environment.
  • Work together with staff, boards, students, families, and community members in response to different educational and community interests and needs while mobilizing community resources.
  • Demonstrate honesty, fairness and moral behavior to help in the growth of caring and moral school community.
  • Comprehend and reply to the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.

Principal Preparation Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree - All applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) - Upon entry of the program, applicants must have and maintain a valid and recent special K-12, special preschool-age 21 or other Illinois approved endorsement, or an applicant may be admitted on a provisional basis if holding a valid and recent teaching license from another state as long as by the end of the second course in the program, the applicant holds a valid and current Illinois PEL to be completely admitted and move forward with the remainder of the program.
  • 4 Years of Lead Teaching Experience - Applicants must prove completion of four years of primary teaching experience. If the applicant does not have four years upon applying to the program, proof of four years of lead teaching experience must be shown prior to completion of the program.
  • Completed Application - Successful completion of the application requirements for the CUC Principal Preparation Program (previously called the Type 75). Your Graduate Information Office representative will walk you through the required steps.

Principal Preparation Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of the K-12 school Principal Preparation coursework.
  • Successful completion of the Principal Preparation program’s year-long internship at an Illinois ground-based school.
  • Successful completion of the PERA Teacher Evaluation training which is required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  • Successfully pass the Illinois Principal content area tests.

CUC Department of Leadership:

The Concordia University Chicago Department of Leadership is at the frontline in providing education professionals with superior, pertinent and current Master’s in Education and Doctoral education programs which improve the leadership of public and private school educators and administrators. Concordia University Chicago is honored to offer K-12 teachers and educators Chicago area cohort locations for our Master’s in Education programs including K-12 School Leadership as well as other Master’s and certification programs. Our programs are approved by Illinois State Board of Education.

Our department advocates for all of our graduate degree applicants and all students in public and private schools. We are moral professionals who provide excellent, relevant and current education for our graduate candidates in leadership. We prepare our students to be K-12 teacher and administrator leaders.

Application for the Illinois Principal Endorsement, previously called the Type 75 certification, is made through the Office of the Registrar following graduation.

Areas of Study:

Instructional Leadership: 15 Semester Hours

Course Title Units
EDL 6120 Supervision and Evaluation to Improve Teaching and Learning 3
EDL 6130 School Evaluation and Change Processes 3
EDL 6140 Curriculum and Assessment: Framework for Student Learning 3
EDL 6240 Instructional Leadership 3
EDL 6600 Research in Education 3

Management of Public Schools: 6 Semester Hours

Course Title Units
EDL 6235 Principal as Resource Manager 3
EDU 6310 Schools, Families, and Community Partnerships 3

School and Public Policy: 6 Semester Hours

Course Title Units
EDL 6230 School Law and Policies 3
EDL 6300 Ethical Leadership: Models and Practices 3

Capstone Experience: 6 Semester Hours

Course Title Units
EDL 6983 Internship I 3
EDL 6984 Internship II (prerequisite: successful completion of Internship I) 3
  Total Credit Hours: 33

Internship Guidelines:

Internship I and II is a two semester, academic-year long, clinical experience at the preK-12 level. Students complete field based experiences that are extensive and intensive in their own school, including administrative shadowing in diverse settings in a school different than their own. Students are supervised by an on-site mentor and university supervisor. The internship is taken for the first full year (Fall and Spring semesters) following completion of concurrent enrollment in courses equal to a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.