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Illinois Superintendent Endorsement


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Program Overview

The Superintendent Endorsement Ed.S program consists of seven courses (eight weeks in length and face to face) and three internship field based experiences (sixteen weeks each in length) which meet the State of Illinois requirements for the IL Superintendent Endorsement. A required four (4) hour Orientation Program supplements the program and provides the candidate with all resources for the program including portfolio design and development, as well as an overview of all standards of assessment. Throughout the Superintendent Endorsement Ed.S Program admission, internship enrollment, and internship processes, candidates are required to upload documents into an electronic portfolio set up for them in the University’s Blackboard Learning Management System. Entries in the portfolio provide evidence of compliance with the requirements established by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for the superintendent endorsement program. Described below are the admission requirements and all coursework prescribed by ISBE which satisfies the IL Superintendent to be attached to a Professional Educator’s License (PEL.) The thirty (30) semester hours of credit listed below are post-master’s credit.

Provisional Admission Requirements to Concordia University

  • Evidence of a regionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree, with a minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Completed online application including an objective statement of the applicant’s goals in pursuing the superintendent’s endorsement
  • Official transcripts from each college or university from which a degree was earned
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia approved international credentialing service, such as WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators)
  • Hold a valid and current Illinois professional educator license (PEL) endorsed in general administrative, principal, chief school business official or director of special education
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on the applicant’s academic potential, personal character and competence and effectiveness in professional work
  • Copy of professional resume

Full Admission Requirements to the Superintendent Endorsement Program

Full admission to the program is granted after the first semester upon successful completion of the following:

  • EDL 7111 Strategies of Educational Leadership
  • EDL 7260 School and District Improvement Using Data Analysis
  • Teacher Evaluator – Growth for Learning Modules 1-5 (PERA)
  • Faculty Interview

Areas of Study

Law & Governance [9 credit hours]

  • Policy Analysis
  • Managing Legal and Human Resources Issues
  • Ethics for Educational Leaders

Management [6 credit hours]

  • Managing Illinois School District Finances
  • Supervisory Theory and Practice
  • Principal Evaluator – Growth for Learning Modules 1-5 (PERA)

Educational Leadership [6 credit hours]

  • Strategies of Educational Leadership
  • School and District Improvement Using Data Analysis

Field Based Experience* [9 credit hours]

  • Superintendent as Instructional Leader: Internship I
  • Superintendent as Change Agent: Internship II
  • Superintendent as Human Relations and Resource Manager: Internship III

*Concordia University’s field based experience training meets all state requirements which include the candidate completing three, sixteen week internships with their District Superintendent Internship Supervisor (DSIS) and the Concordia University Chicago Internship Supervisor (CUCIS).

Superintendent Endorsement Completion Requirements

To complete the Illinois Superintendent endorsement, the candidate must also:

  • Successfully pass the IL Test #187 (or its successor) at the end of the course work and internships;
  • Supply evidence of a passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly the Illinois Test of Basic Skills) or ACT/SAT equivalent as established by ISBE, or equivalent out-of-state test recognized by ISBE (effective 8/9/16 if an educator was issued a teaching or support service personnel certificate before July 1, 1988 a test of Basic Skills is not required for issuance of an administrative endorsement);
  • Successfully complete and pass Principal Evaluator – Growth for Learning Modules 1-5 (PERA);
  • Provide proof of at least two years of full-time administrative or supervisory experience in a public school district or non-public school recognized in accordance with 23 Ill. Adm. Code 425 on the professional educator license endorsed in general administrative principal, chief school business official, or director of special education.

Important Contact Information:

Graduate Information Officekwebster@graduateprogram.org877-453-0380
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