Educational Administration & Leadership

The graduate program in Educational Administration & Leadership is designed for educators who want to continue developing their professional commitment and competence while seeking an Illinois Principal license. Graduate students in the program:

    • examine current educational theory and practice,

    • explore a variety of viewpoints to reflectively develop their professional competence and leadership style,

    • explore social issues affecting teachers and students,

    • expand their awareness of and respect for the unique development of schools, teachers and students,

    • consider effective collaboration with and accountability to students, parents, colleagues, and the community,

    • reexamine the development of values and professional ethics, and

    • gain greater intellectual and ethical insight.

The Educational Administration & Leadership program develops advanced proficiency in the Illinois School Leader and the Illinois Principal standards. Participants develop proficiency on the standards in three phases:

1. an orientation to and self-assessment of the standards;

2. development of the knowledge and predispositions required by the standards; and,

3. demonstration of performances implementing the standards.

Progress on the standards is evaluated throughout the program though a portfolio aligned with the standards.

Curriculum Requirements

The program consists of 39 hours of courses.


Course Number - Course Title - Credits

EDU 600 - Professional Educator Seminar - 0
EDL 600 - Introduction to Principal Preparation - 1
EDL 601 - Technology Applications for School Administrators - 2
EDU 615 - Contemporary Issues in Education - 3
EDU 611 - Curriculum Theory and Design - 3
EDU 612 - Instructional and Curriculum Design and Evaluation - 3
EDL 610 - Supervision of Instruction - 3
EDL 620 - School Law - 3
EDL 625 - Finance and Facilities for Principals - 3
EDL 630 - Leadership Theory - 3
EDL 640 - School and Community Relations - 3
EDU 641 - Educational Research & Statistics - 3
EDU 645 - Action Research Planning - 2
EDL 690 - Internship I - Principal - 1
EDL 691 - Internship II - Principal - 2
EDL 692 - Internship III - Principal - 4


Principal Preparation Requirements

The following Principal Preparation requirements will be verified at the time of admission to the university:

      • At least two year of teaching experience as teacher of record in a certified school (public, private, or parochial). Experience as an aide, substitute teacher, part-time teacher, etc. is not sufficient.
      • Evidence of a valid and current Illinois teaching certificate (e.g., early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12, or special preschool-age 21 certificates).
      • Evidence of a passing score on the test of basic skills/test of academic proficiency.

Class Format

This program is formatted for the working professional. Classes are offered in an eight week format, one night a week (there are a few courses that are in the 16 week format due to the requirement of the courses).


McKendree offers this program at:

  • Centralia High School,

  • John A. Logan College,

  • Metropolis Extension Center,

  • O'Fallon High School,

  • Sandoval High School, and

  • Waterloo High School.

For additional information on locations, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission.

Transfer Credit Restriction

No more than nine (9) semester credits will be accepted in transfer and can not be more than six (6) years old. Transfer credit must be submitted for approval prior to or during the first semester of enrollment.


Office of Graduate Admission
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254
800-BEARCAT ext. 6576

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