College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Graduate Programs > Educational Leadership (MA/MEd)
The Educational Leadership (MA/MEd) program prepares you to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners. You’ll learn to shape and inform policy, collaborate with stakeholders, build consensus, coordinate institutional services and be accountable for strategic outcomes.
Classes are offered online or in person on the Lincoln Park Campus. The degree program can be completed in two and a half years.
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You’ll be prepared to work in K-12 schools and other educational environments such as early childhood centers, after-school programs, museums and non-profit organizations.
With the addition of courses in Historical, Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Catholic School Leadership and Spiritual and Administrative Leadership in Catholic Schools, you’ll be prepared to assume a leadership role in Catholic schools, Catholic charities and youth ministries.
Through coursework focused on the specific needs of higher education institutions, you‘ll be prepared to take on a variety of leadership, administrative, policy and management positions at colleges and universities.
Athletic administration is a special subset of school administration, and the Physical Education concentration will prepare you to be a successful athletic director.
This concentration is designed to prepare you for a role as a P-12 school administrator or district level supervisor. This is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for Principal Endorsement on the Professional Educator Licensure (PEL).
You’ll be prepared to meet the specific challenges of leadership in a P-12 Catholic school. This is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for Principal Endorsement on the Professional Educator Licensure (PEL).
If you’re interested in continuing your career in a leadership capacity, but don’t want to become a principal, this program will prepare you to take a peer leadership role (such as department chair or mentor) in your school or district. This program gives you the option to add a Teacher Leader endorsement to your Illinois Teaching License (PEL).
If you’re interested in continuing your Catholic school career in a leadership capacity, but don’t want to become a principal, this program will prepare you to take a peer leadership role (such as department chair or mentor) in your school or district. This program gives you the option to add a Teacher Leader: Catholic endorsement to your Illinois Teaching License (PEL).
DePaul is partnered with Chicago Public Schools, the fourth-largest public school district in the country, the Archdiocese of Chicago, the nation’s largest private school system and suburban public, independent and charter schools throughout the Chicago area. You’ll have access to leaders in the field who can help guide your career.
Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, personal statement and copy of your state teaching license.
You’ll complete three core courses, 10 courses in your chosen concentration and two internships. You’ll also complete an MA thesis or MEd capstone project.
DePaul was ranked among the country's top Masters in Education Leadership by Online College Plan (2018)
The average reported salary for 2018 Educational Leadership graduates was $53,500.
Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., former superintendent of Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a strategic planner, mentor and coach. Her research interests are in Catholic school leadership and strategic planning.
“The Educational Leadership program prepared me to work successfully in different cultural settings and be open to the new challenges these opportunities provide. I had experience and knowledge that most educators coming to work in international schools in China did not have. My studies at DePaul prepared me to deal with the ambiguity that shows up in cross-cultural educational leadership.”
You’ll join a community of like-minded educators and administrators in schools of all shapes and sizes. With alumni serving in leadership roles in public and private grade schools, high schools, colleges and universities, you’ll be connected to the expertise and support necessary to become a transformational leader.
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at
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