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Educational Administration and Foundations - P-12 Educational Administration

The master's degree in P-12 Educational Administration is Illinois State's 36-hour principal preparation program, leading to the principal endorsement on a professional education license. The on-campus cohort model program features 10 courses (3 credit hours each) and 6 credit hours of mentored internship experiences. The program is approved by ISBE and qualifies graduates for positions as principals and assistant principals, or in related or similar positions.

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • 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:

  • Official GRE Scores only required if last 60 hours of undergrad GPA is below 3.0
  • An updated resume with evidence of at least 2 years teaching experience and strong leadership credentials
  • Write an integrated Admission Essay in response to the Conceptual Framework and related 5 questions.
  • Evidence of: (ex: can be scanned PDF, screen shot of Educator’s Certification System, letters from district):
    • passing the Illinois Basic Skills test
    • a valid teaching certificate
    • evidence of at least two years full-time P-12 teaching experience
  • Submit a Professional Portfolio (PDF) that contains, at a minimum, evidence of:
    • How all students are supported in achieving high standards of learning
    • Accomplished classroom instruction, which shall include data providing evidence of two years of student growth and learning within the last five years, including how data was used to inform instruction
    • Significant leadership roles in past positions
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Analytic abilities needed to collect and analyze data for student learning and evidence of how the results from student assessment improve learning
    • Demonstrated respect for family and community
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Knowledge of curriculum and instruction practices
  • Mail to EAF Department a signed copy of ISU EAF Superintendent School District Recommendation and Acknowledgment to Support the Candidate.
  • Mail to:
    Campus Box 5900
    Principal Prog. Admissions
    Illinois State University
    Normal , IL 61790-5900

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  April 4 

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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