Completion of the Principal Leadership sequence leads to the Illinois Professional Educator license endorsed in Principalship. Completion of the Chief School Business Official sequence leads to the Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed in CSBO. Note: Holders of an MBA from a regionally accredited institution may wish to complete the school finance sequence (EDAD8839, EDAD8840 and EDAD8845) to prepare for service as Chief School Business Officials. Check the ISBE website (www.isbe.net) for detailed information about Chief School Business Official Endorsement requirements for holders of an MBA.
In order to continue in the program after meeting the university admission criteria, students must submit the following documentation before completing nine hours of course work, which must include EDAD6621 and EDAD7729.
Submit to the College of Education in the supplemental application packet:
- Transcripts showing a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in all undergraduate work attempted and all grades in graduate course work at a “B” or better.
- Scores from the Graduate record Examination (GRE General Test) including a score of “4” or higher on the Writing Subtest.
Additional submissions for the sequence in Principal Leadership include:
- Copy of a valid Illinois or comparable out-of-state Professional Educator License.
- Evidence of two years teaching experience in a recognized public or private school as directed in the application materials.
Additional submissions for the sequence in Principal Leadership and Chief School Business Official:
- Two recommendations submitted on the EDAD Admissions Recommendation Form. Recommendations must be completed by a school administrator who holds an Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed in Principalship or an out-of-state equivalent administrative license and submitted in a sealed envelope.
- Evidence of having passed the Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency of the Illinois Certification Testing System, or of possessing an Illinois license that required passing this test.
Additional submissions for the sequence in Chief School Business Official only:
- Evidence of two years of administrative experience in school business management is required before applying for state licensure.
Additional submissions for the sequence in Higher Education Administration:
- Two recommendations submitted on the EDAD Admissions Recommendation Form. Recommendations must be completed by a university administrator and submitted in a sealed envelope.
- Evidence of two years of experience in a higher education setting.
After the student has completed EDAD6621 and EDAD7729, the faculty will review this information and recommend that the student continue in the program, continue in the program conditionally, or be dismissed from the program. To receive a recommendation to continue, the student must earn a grade of “B” or better in EDAD6621 and EDAD7729.
Admission to Candidacy
To continue in the program, the student must be accepted as a candidate for the M.A. in Educational Administration degree program after completing EDAD6621, EDAD7729, and two other courses listed on the student’s approved study plan. Students must submit to the Division of Education Graduate Advising Office an application for candidacy in the semester that they expect to have completed 12 credit-hours in courses required in the program: September 30 for fall semester, January 31 for Spring semester, or May 31 for summer term. Application forms are available in the student portal.
To qualify for candidacy, a student must:
- Have completed the four courses referred to above with a GPA of 3.00.
- Display, or be judged as exhibiting, or developing, the dispositions expected of graduate students as listed in the “Teacher Licensure” section in the GSU catalog.
- Receive a positive recommendation from the Educational Administration faculty.
The faculty monitor and evaluate student progress continually. The section “Teacher Licensure and Education” in the GSU catalog provides a general description of the standards used to evaluate student progress. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the Educational Administration faculty is available in the Educational Administration Student Handbook available in the student portal.
Students must meet all university requirements for a Master’s degree.
In addition students must:
- Successfully complete 33 hours of required course work including supervised practica and three hours of selected course work.
- Pass a comprehensive examination.
- Meet all other requirements listed in the Educational Administration Student Handbook.