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Educational Leadership (MA/MEd)

Today's leaders in education are faced with increasingly complex challenges that require the ability to support academic excellence and meet the needs of a diverse group of learners. They must develop their skills to shape and inform policy, collaborate with stakeholders, build consensus, coordinate institutional services and be accountable for strategic outcomes.

The programs offer a powerful, discipline-based curriculum with a problem-solving orientation that prepares effective and principled decision-makers.

Both the MA and MEd offer concentrations. The MA concentrations include General, Catholic Leadership, Higher Education, and Physical Education. The MEd concentrations include General, Catholic Leadership, Higher Education, Physical Education, Principal License, Principal License (Catholic), Teacher Leader, and Teacher Leader (Catholic).

Concentrations

General Concentration

Graduates are prepared to work in K-12 environments and in other various educational environments (early childhood, after-school programs, museums, non-profit organizations, etc.) in order to gain expertise to be leaders regionally, nationally, and internationally. This program can be completed fully online or at our Lincoln Park Campus.


General Concentration Requirements (MA or MEd)

The Educational Leadership master's degree program includes three core course (12 quarter hours) that are taken by all students and an additional 10 courses (40 quarter hours) that vary for each concentration, and two internships, one in an elementary school and one in a high school. All Educational Leadership master's degree students who opt to earn an MA complete a thesis and oral defense. All Educational Leadership MEd students complete a capstone project.​​

Catholic Leadership Concentration

Graduates are prepared to become leaders within the context of catholic education, catholic charities, youth ministries, etc., in various capacities across the region, nation and global community. This program can be completed fully online or at our Lincoln Park Campus and is intended for those positions that do not require state licensure.


Catholic Leadership Concentration Requirements (MA or MEd)


The Educational Leadership master's degree program includes three core course (12 quarter hours) that are taken by all students and an additional 10 courses (40 quarter hours) that vary for each concentration, and two internships, one in an elementary school and one in a high school. All Educational Leadership master's degree students who opt to earn an MA complete a thesis and oral defense. All Educational Leadership MEd students complete a capstone project. ​​

Higher Education Concentration

Graduates are prepared to assume a variety of leadership, administrative, policy and management positions at colleges and universities, as well as allied positions with community, governmental and public service organizations. This program can be completed fully online or at our Lincoln Park Campus.


Higher Education Concentration Requirements (MA or MEd)


The Educational Leadership master's degree program includes three core course (12 quarter hours) that are taken by all students and an additional 10 courses (40 quarter hours) that vary for each concentration, and two internships, one in an elementary school and one in a high school. All Educational Leadership master's degree students who opt to earn an MA complete a thesis and oral defense. All Educational Leadership MEd students complete a capstone project.​

Physical Education Concentration

Graduates are prepared for administrative and supervisory roles in community sports programs and athletics, such as athletic department heads, head coaches, sports activities directors, youth sport coaches and camp directors.


Physical Education Concentration Requirements (MA or MEd)

The Educational Leadership master's degree program includes three core course (12 quarter hours) that are taken by all students and an additional 10 courses (40 quarter hours) that vary for each concentration, and two internships, one in an elementary school and one in a high school. All Educational Leadership master's degree students who opt to earn an MA complete a thesis and oral defense. All Educational Leadership MEd students complete a capstone project.​

Principal License Concentration

Graduates are prepared to assume K-12 school and district administrative and supervisory roles in school systems.


Principal License Requirements (MEd)
Principal License (Catholic) Requirements (MEd)


The Principal License Concentrations within the Educational Leadership master's degree program is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for Principal Licensure on the Professional Educator License.

The Educational Leadership master's degree program includes three core course (12 quarter hours) that are taken by all students and an additional 10 courses (40 quarter hours) that vary for each concentration, and two internships, one in an elementary school and one in a high school. All Educational Leadership MEd students complete a capstone project.​

Teacher Leader Concentration

Graduates who have previous education experience in K-12 environments, but who are not seeking principalship, are prepared to become leaders in districts or schools as department chairs, team leaders and other school leaders.


Teacher Leader Endorsement Requirements (MEd)
Teacher Leader Endorsement (Catholic) Requirements (MEd)


The Educational Leadership - Teacher Leader master's degree program includes coursework required by the Illinois State Board of Education for the Teacher Leader endorsement, which can be added to an Illinois Professional Educator license.

The Educational Leadership master's degree program includes three core course (12 quarter hours) that are taken by all students and an additional 10 courses (40 quarter hours) that vary for each concentration, and two internships, one in an elementary school and one in a high school. All Educational Leadership MEd students complete a capstone project. ​

To accommodate working professionals, the Educational Leadership MA program offers courses that meet weekly Monday through Thursday evenings at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, online, or a hybrid online and on-campus format. In addition, the program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.

The DePaul College of Education offers graduate courses that meet on weekday evenings. Other course delivery options within the program include hybrid courses (a blend of on-campus and online classes) and fully online courses. In addition, students may choose their pace through the MEd program, selecting a full-time course load (two course per quarter) to complete the program in two years, or a part-time course load (one course per quarter) to complete the program in three years.