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.
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The Department of Educational Administration and Foundations prepares superintendents, principals, university administrators, and other educational leaders. They can attend weeknight classes, flexible weekend or cohort programs, or on-site classes delivered with partner schools.
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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
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
Submit a resume showing at least two years of experience in higher education or in a related agency/organization.
Respond to questions related to the goals of the program.
Submit an academic/research writing sample.
Provide evidence of valid Type 75 certificate and two years full-time leadership experience
Reference Contact Information
Submit the names and email addresses of two references for letters of recommendation within the online application.
Upload an essay that addresses the following:
- What qualities do you possess and what experiences have you had that demonstrate you have the potential to become an educational leader?
- Think about a problematic situation you have faced related to one of the goals of the EAF Department. Write a brief description of the problem and then provide a possible interpretation and/or resolution of the problem from at least two different perspectives.
- How do your professional and academic goals relate to the stated goals, curriculum, and focus of the Illinois State University educational administration program? Why have you selected this program?
- In what areas above do you need more experiences or knowledge? Describe how you anticipate the Illinois State University program can help you gain the knowledge and experiences to address those needs.
- What qualities do you possess that demonstrate you have the ability, support system, and commitment to complete the rigors of doctoral study and independent research?
- Fall Term — Complete applications must be submitted by June 1, 2022 by 5pm. Interviews will be conducted during the summer.
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
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 contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.