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Educational Leadership - Principal Program Admission Requirements

Admission Eligibility

DePaul offers several options for students seeking Principal Endorsement at the master's level: an Educational Leadership - Principal master's degree program, with Principal and Catholic Principal concentration options, or a Principal Endorsement program.

To be eligible to enroll in the Educational Leadership - Principal master's degree program, students must have a bachelor's degree and two years of full-time teaching experience within the last five years on a valid Illinois teaching license. 

To enroll in the Principal Endorsement program, students must have a bachelor's degree, a master's degree in education and two years of full-time teaching experience within the last five years on a valid Illinois teaching license.

Application Requirements

A complete application to the Educational Leadership - Principal master's degree program or the Principal Endorsement program will include the following materials:

  • Graduate admission application
  • $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Résumé
  • Copy of valid Illinois teaching license
  • One letter from district office recommending entrance into the principal preparation program
  • Four letters of recommendation (two from supervisors and two from colleagues)
  • Statement of purpose indicating why you want to become a principal

Applicants who have earned a degree outside of the U.S. or who will be considered international students must submit additional materials. Visit our International Students page for more information.

Applicants can upload supplemental application materials, send requests for letters of recommendation, and pay the application fee through our online application system.

Application Deadlines

The Educational Leadership - Principal master's degree program and the Principal Endorsement program admit new students in the fall and winter quarters. The program offers rolling admission, but regular deadlines are set to assure students full consideration for admission and financial aid. These programs will continue to accept and process applications after the regular deadline if space is available.


Regular Deadline


August 15


December 1

Applicants will be required to participate in an interview with Educational Leadership program faculty as part of the admission process. Once a complete application has been submitted, the Office of Graduate Admission will contact the applicant to schedule an interview.

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