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.
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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 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 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 an updated resume with evidence of at least two years teaching experience and strong leadership credentials.
Write an integrated admission essay in response to the Conceptual Framework and related five questions.
Evidence of Experience
Submit evidence of the following:
- passing of the Illinois Basic Skills test
- a valid teaching certificate
- at least two years of full-time P-12 teaching experience
Evidence can be a scanned PDF, screenshot of the Educator’s Certification System, letters from your district, etc.
Have your recommender upload a signed copy of ISU EAF Superintendent School District Recommendation and Acknowledgment to Support the Candidate.
- Fall 2020 Term —July 15, 2020
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.