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ARCHIVED 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership and Administration, MA-Ed

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The purpose of the Master of Arts Degree in Education (MA-Ed) is to develop principals and assistant principals who have vision and possess a comprehensive set of leadership and management perspectives and skills. The program provides students with an understanding of the school environment and how a principal, through his/her abilities with the technical, managerial and institutional levels, creates and fosters a professional learning environment that facilitates the learning of teachers and students in his/her care. Students are also provided with a breadth of theory in leadership, a foundation of knowledge, practical experiences and performances that are necessary to understanding the enterprise of educational leadership and educational management. The North Central College program provides a strong foundation of knowledge, dispositions and performance based on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) leadership standards to prepare candidates to become successful school assistant principals and principals. The North Central College Educational Leadership and Administration Master’s Degree addresses the new Illinois State Board of Education requirements for candidates whereby applicants must meet the following requirement:

Two years of full-time teaching experience shall have been accrued while the individual held a valid early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12 or special preschool-age 21 license.

Candidates in the program are able to complete all coursework in approximately two years while maintaining a full-time teaching position. The program does not require a candidate to take time off from teaching to complete the degree. The first six classes must include: EDN 500 , EDN 515  and EDN 534 . The program includes an internship experience spread over two courses: EDN 690  and EDN 691 . Together, these two courses are designed to allow students to complete all internship requirements within 12 months. One of the internship courses requires a two-week residency with a principal, typically completed in summer.

This one-year internship requires the selection of a principal mentor. The principal mentor must have a minimum of two years of experience, an Illinois license and evidence of student growth in two of the past five years as a principal. As part of the program, candidates will be required to participate in training by certified staff in accordance with provisions of Section 24 A-3 of the School Code (105 ILCS/24A-3). This training will involve completion of the State-prescribed teacher supervision modules.

Candidates successfully completing a principal preparation program shall obtain a principal endorsement and are eligible to work as a principal or assistant principal. (Section 21-7.1 of the School Code; also see 23 Ill. Adm.Code 25.337)

Degree Requirements

The degree in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration requires a student to complete 36 credit hours. All courses are worth three credit hours. Students who complete the M.A. degree in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration can earn a principal endorsement to become a principal or assistant principal.

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