Administration and Supervision, Ed.S. (State Credential Track, Illinois)

This program is designed to prepare licensed and experienced teachers for educational administration and supervision. This sequence of courses qualifies the candidate to earn the credential necessary to become a principal. For more details visit Licensure and Endorsements at NLU.

In addition to the National College of Education Graduate Admission Requirements, the program requires:

  • A copy of the applicant’s valid and current Illinois Professional Educator License
  • Letter of recommendation on official letterhead from the principal or human resources verifying at least two years of teaching experience (four years teaching in a public or non-public school recognized by ISBE is required prior to endorsement)
  • A passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ISBE approved alternative within the past 10 years
  • In-person interview with no fewer than two of the program's full-time faculty members
  • An on-site written response to a scenario
  • A portfolio to be submitted during the interview process, including evidence in the following areas:
    • Support for all students 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
    • Significant leadership roles in past positions
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Analytic abilities needed to collect and analyze data for student improvement
    • Demonstrated respect for family and community
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Knowledge of curriculum and instructional practices

Program Details:

  • Requires 30 SH for completion
  • Requires an internship
  • Candidates must pass General Administrative Content Test (#186) before beginning the last term of internship, EDL 598 

Required Courses

EDL520Leading Diverse Schools

EDL521Building School Community Partnerships

EDL522Leading Student-Centered Schools

EDL523Navigating School and Special Education Law

EDL524Negotiating and Resolving Conflicts in Education Communities

EDL525Decision-Making for Educational Systems and Organizations

EDL526Realizing Vision through Technical, Human and Financial Resources

EDL527Guaranteeing a Differentiated and Coherent Curriculum

EDL528Maintaining Accountability with Data Use and Program Evaluation

EDL529Improving Instruction through Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development

EDL570Internship Seminar I: Organizing Leadership Competency Demonstrations

EDL571Internship Seminar II: Resume Building and Professional Writing for Educational Leaders

EDL572Internship Seminar III: Demonstrating School Leadership Competence

EDL598Administration and Supervision Internship

Internship Requirements

Candidates must complete the Teacher Evaluation Modules from the State of Illinois before beginning their internships. To successfully complete the internship, the candidate must display competency in 36 areas as outlined by the Southern Regional Board of Education and exhibit leadership in 80 percent of the competencies. Approved site mentors and faculty supervisors complete a set of assessments from the State of Illinois to ensure candidates are prepared for principalship.