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Hone your leadership skills as a school principal

You want to tackle the hard topics and have a deep passion for addressing social justice and equity issues pervasive in school systems. Loyola's master of education in administration and supervision for school leaders program will give you the skills and know-how to tackle these challenges.

Our commitment to you

Upon graduation with an MEd degree in administration and supervision for school leaders, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to front all the complexities and issues inherent in running a school or education-based community organization.

Knowledge

You'll be equipped with foundational knowledge in principles of leadership, management, curriculum and instruction, and diversity and inclusion.

Skills

You'll learn how to facilitate data-driven decision making in your school community, and engage in tangible, real-world internship experience to put these ideas into practice.

Professional Values

You'll be a leader and a change agent in your school community, with a deep passion for addressing social justice and equity issues pervasive in school systems.

By The Numbers

100%

of all graduates have employment placement

100%

pass Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) licensure exams

Curriculum

Choose one of our three masters in education administration and supervision program pathways to support your career goals:

  • MEd Degree Plus ISBE Principal Endorsement Option
  • MEd Degree without Principal Endorsement Option
  • Principal Endorsement Only Option

The program can be completed in two years, including summers, and requires continuous enrollment.

MEd Degree Plus ISBE Principal Endorsement Option

  • Must be a practicing teacher or administrator with at least two years of work experience in your field
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • Will earn ISBE Principal Endorsement
  • 33 semester hours of completed coursework (6 credit hours per semester, summers included)
  • 2 semesters of internship facilitated by world-class district leaders

MEd Degree without Principal Endorsement Option

  • Must have at least two years of work experience in your field (not for profit or community organization)
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • Degree-seeking ONLY. No ISBE Principal Endorsement.
  • 33 semester hours of completed coursework (6 credit hours per semester, summers included)
  • 2 semesters of internship facilitated by world class district leaders

Principal Endorsement Only Option

  • Must be a practicing teacher or administrator with at least two years of work experience in your field
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • Will earn ISBE Principal Endorsement
  • 33 semester hours of completed coursework (6 credit hours per semester, summers included)
  • 2 semesters of internship facilitated by world class district leaders
  • Designed for Chicagoland Partners for English Language Learners (CPELL) teacher leaders who may transfer up to 9 credit hours of prior masters study towards degree
  • Upon completion, program may articulate into EdD in Administration and Supervision

Endorsement only Students
A transcript audit will be done prior to admittance. An individualized course of study will be provided to each student before the start of the program.

International and Graduate Students
The full sequence of courses above will be followed to fulfill SOE requirements for a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision. A Principal Endorsement will not be issued to out-of-state students or international students who do not hold an IL Professional Educator License and/or meet all ISBE requirements for endorsement.

Sample Course Sequence

Year 1

Summer Session
Summer I: ELPS 481: Mission-Driven Leadership for Principals Summer II: ELPS 474: Development and Implementation of Curriculum and Instruction for Principals

Fall Semester
ELPS 480: Master's Residency Seminar
ELPS 482: School Supervision for Principals
ELPS 483: Human and Fiscal Resources for Principals
(State Assessment #2: Hiring, Supervision and PD Plan)

Spring Semester
ELPS 484: School Law, Policy, and Community
ELPS 471: MTSS for Instructional Leaders
(State Assessment #3: Culture & Budget)

Year 2

Summer Session
Summer I: ELPS 408: Leading for Diversity
Summer II: ELPS 465: Instructional Leadership: Cultural Context for Informed Decision Making (offered both in Rome and as an online option)
(State Assessment #4: diverse learner needs)

Fall Semester
ELPS 566: Principal Internship One
ELPS 406: Foundations Using Data for Continuous Improvement Candidates will complete Licensure Test 195 and 196 during this semester

Spring Semester
ELPS 407: Leading for Data-Based Decision Making
ELPS 568: Principal Internship Two
(State Assessment #1: School Improvement Plan)

Outcomes

Antonio Acevedo (MEd)

Antonio Acevedo (MEd)

Principal, Whittier Elementary School in Chicago

"My professional experience as a teacher, administrator, and a principal - coupled with the education and support I received at Loyola - helped me turn around a struggling school on probation. There was a sense of distrust in the community toward the district office. I began building relationships with my staff and parents and started a 'coffee with the principal' meeting every month with community members. After my second year, the school was moved off probation status."
Terrycita Perry (MEd)

Terrycita Perry (MEd)

Principal, Dixon Elementary School in Chicago

"When I had the chance to study in Rome as part of the Loyola program, I learned about Roman history and architecture, and Rome today, which helped me better understand the cultural, religious, and ethnic differences between people. And, more importantly, I learned how to integrate those differences into the curriculum at my school."