College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Graduate Programs > Educational Leadership (MA/MEd) > Admission Requirements > Educational Leadership - Principal Admission
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. Please be advised that none of DePaul’s Principal Prep options are 100% online, the programs are both online and in-person in compliance with ISBE standards.
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.
Please be advised that the application process is a two-part process. Part one is the standard application and part two is a portfolio, interview, and writing an essay on the day of the interview.
Part One: To apply, please submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:
*School District Employment Verification DetailsWe do not have a form for your employer to fill out but all that you need is a couple of sentences on company letterhead that establish (this may come from the HR Dept.):
Ex: "The individual (your name) has been employed for ____ school district for ______ months/years (etc.) and is in good standing" along with contact information should we need to reach out to them.
You will be asked to compile a portfolio and asked to interview.
Portfolios (and interviews) are only sought after part one is complete. If you would like to begin working on your portfolio in advance please see the list of items below.
Format: There are no length requirements, you may make it as many documents as necessary. We recommend that you format this portfolio by creating a google drive and using various folders to keep your components organized. You will be provided an email address so that you know who and how to submit these documents. This information is to help you get started and to know what you can expect.
Each candidate must meet the following minimum portfolio requirements below. Submission of a portfolio that presents evidence of a teacher candidate’s achievements during his or her teaching experience in each of the following categories:
Please note that, “evidence” includes, but is not limited to:
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.
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.
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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Office of Graduate Admission 2400 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614-3250 Email: