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Educational Administration and Foundations - P-12 Administration

The P-12 Administration doctoral concentration is designed for educators who hold a master's degree, have a Type 75 Certificate (General Administrative-Principal), and have some building or district leadership experience. Candidates should possess good academic and leadership credentials.

Those with a Type 75 Certificate and at least two years administrative leadership experience may work toward a doctoral degree. Those seeking P-12 administrative positions generally work toward a Doctor of Education degree, while those who wish to focus on research pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Students in either program may also complete requirements for Superintendent or Chief School Business Official endorsement on a professional educator license.

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a doctoral program must:

  • have earned a master's degree or equivalent in a discipline appropriate to the specific doctoral program
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (approximately the junior and senior years)
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for all graduate-level coursework
  • provide three letters of recommendation
  • provide official scores from the GRE general exam (use institution code 1319)
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must:

      • submit official GRE scores (general test) to Illinois State University, school code 1319.
      • submit an updated resume
      • responses to questions related to the goals of the program. Complete an essay responding to the following questions.
      • submit an academic/research writing sample
      • provide evidence of passing the Illinois Basic Skills Test, valid Type 75 certificate and two years full-time leadership experience
      • submit names and email addresses of two references for letters of recommendation within the online application

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  Deadline to submit form 1 

Graduate Assistantship Information

The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.


To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,

  • be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
  • be in good-standing
  • be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).


Graduate assistants receive

  • monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
  • a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
  • a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment

Cost & Funding

See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Lenford Sutton  DeGarmo 331  (309) 438-4630 
Brad Hutchison  DeGarmo 340F  (309) 438-8683 
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