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Become a Principal

Today's school principal is a creative, energetic leader who is central to shaping the direction and climate of the school - not through top-down authority, but by forging consensus and mobilizing resources. If you see yourself as a collaborative leader who empowers people and stimulates change, then DePaul's Educational Leadership program can help you realize your vision.

The College of Education's distinguished degree and endorsement-only programs in Educational Leadership lead to the new Principal endorsement by the State of Illinois, making it easy for you to advance your career as a principal, vice principal, assistant principal or other type of administrator. DePaul is the right place for busy educators seeking a top-quality curriculum that combines new educational theory, best practices and practical training. You will be part of an exceptional learning community before, during and after your graduate studies.

Our educational leadership faculty make it possible for educators with at least two years of experience to choose from convenient, high-quality options, depending on their overall credentials and interests.

Educators seeking a master's degree with Principal endorsement:

Educators seeking Principal endorsement only:

Educators seeking a doctoral degree with Principal endorsement: