Northeastern Illinois University

College of Education

Master of Arts in School Leadership


5500 N. St. Louis Avenue

Graduate Admissions, Room D-101D

Chicago, IL 60625

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in School Leadership

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The sequence of courses and the objectives of the School Leadership Program have been designed to develop exemplary school leaders and to foster their continued growth and effectiveness. Our program includes three internship experiences, thus providing for a unique blend of theory and practice in preparation for positions of leadership. Students who successfully complete the course concentration in School Leadership will develop competencies in effective leadership, educational management practices, and staff development at the school level. Completion of the twelve-course program will result in the award of an M.A. degree in School Leadership. This concentration also leads to the new State of Illinois Principal Endorsement. LEAD 424: Introduction to Evaluation of Certified and Support Staff LEAD 421: Educational Leadership and Organizational Analysis LEAD 429: Research Design and Analysis of Educational Data LEAD 436: Human Resources Administration in Education LEAD 401: Instructional Leadership LEAD 422: The Principalship LEAD 431: School and Community Relations LEAD 432: School Finance and Budgeting LEAD 433: School Law and Ethics LEAD 434/435/437: Internship (three course sequence) Candidates desiring admission to the Masters Degree in Educational Leadership begin by completing an application for and obtaining Northeastern Illinois University’s Student at Large (SAL) designated status. This status allows students to enroll in up to three courses without full admission to the Graduate School. Students admitted as a SAL then use the program’s first introductory course, LEAD 424 (Introduction to the Evaluation of Certified & Support Staff), to complete the Graduate Program application for admission as the class professor provides time to assist students.


The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE), the premier accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education. This means that our programs and our faculty undergo a rigorous peer review process every seven years. Our theme, COE Professionals; Reflective, Collaborative, Transformative, underpins our emphasis on our performance standards aligned with the Illinois Standards for School Professionals (IPTS). Our programs in School and Community Counseling are not only recognized by NCATE but they undergo a separate peer review process and are accredited by CACREP, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. So, you can see that the COE at NEIU represents the highest standards of professional excellence, commitment to diversity, and collaboration with each other and with our local community.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): In-state $364.60 Out-of-state $671.60 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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