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2017-2018 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Administration, M.A.

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The graduate major in Educational Administration offered through the College of Education  provides students the option of acquiring the background and specific skills necessary for employment as an elementary or secondary school principal. The curriculum includes a number of courses that provide essential knowledge and skills for continued growth in positions of educational leadership.


Completion of Principal Leadership Sequence and compliance with other requirements presented in the “Teacher Licensure” section of this catalog, leads to the Illinois Principal endorsement on the initial Professional Educator License.

Program Requirements for Principal Leadership Admission

There is a selection process for acceptance into the Principal Leadership Sequence. Evidence that the candidate has met the Program Selection Criteria must be submitted with the university application via the online application system. The program selection criteria include:

  • undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (submit official transcript) OR scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test including a score of “4” or higher on the Writing Subtest;
  • letter of recommendation and support from school district administrator (submit official letter);
  • valid IL Professional Educator License (download from ELIS account, print as a pdf, upload into application system); 
  • evidence of passing the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or equivalent (download test screen from ELIS account, print as a pdf, upload into application system);
  • two years of full-time teaching experience (submit official letter from school district) and once selected, provide evidence of continued employment as a teacher to meet the 4 year teaching requirement for principal licensure;

Conditional Continuation

During the first course, EDAD-7801 , the students are required to complete a professional portfolio demonstrating their current impact on student learning and teacher leadership which includes a successful oral interview and a written scenario. After the student has completed with a grade of “B” or better EDAD-7801  and EDAD-7802  for Principal Leadership, the faculty will review this information and recommend that the student be permitted to continue in the program, continue in the program conditionally, or be dismissed from the program.

The faculty may permit a student to progress conditionally. In such cases, faculty review of the applicant’s record identifies evidence that the student will likely be successful in the program. The status of all students permitted to progress conditionally is reviewed by the faculty each semester, and students are informed in writing of the conditions necessary for them to be transferred to good standing status. When conditions are met, the student is informed in writing of the transfer to good standing status. A student may not be admitted to practicum courses without achieving good standing status. Students in the Principal Leadership sequence must pass the Illinois Content Exam for their sequence before enrolling in internship courses.

Admission to Candidacy

To continue in the Principal Leadership sequence, the student must be accepted as a candidate for the M.A. in Educational Administration degree program after completing EDAD-7801 , EDAD-7802 EDAD-7803 , and EDAD-7902  each with a grade of B or better.

Students must submit to the Division of Education Graduate Advisor an application for candidacy in the term that they expect to have completed the 12 credit-hours listed above. It must be submitted by the 30th of the first month of the term, e.g. September 30th, January 30th, May 30th. Contact the Academic Advisor for the application.

To qualify for candidacy, a student must

  • have completed the four courses referred to above with a grade point average of 3.0;
  • display, or be judged as exhibiting, or developing, the dispositions expected of graduate students as listed in the section “Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals ”; and
  • receive a positive recommendation from the Educational Administration faculty.

Student Progress

The faculty monitor and evaluate student progress continually. The section Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals  in this catalog provides a general description of the standards used to evaluate student progress.

A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the Educational Administration faculty is available in the Educational Administration Student Handbook.

Student Handbook

The Educational Administration Student Handbook referred to in this catalog is available at

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a master’s degree.

In addition, in order to qualify for graduation from this program, all students must:

  1. successfully complete 36 hours of required course work including supervised internship;
  2. pass the state of Illinois licensure examination for K-12 School Principals;
  3. successfully complete the Growth Through Learning Training Modules for Teacher Evaluation as required in EDAD-7803 Principal as Evaluator course (note - there is an additional $650 charge from Growth Through Learning Illinois); and
  4. meet all other requirements listed in the Educational Administration Student Handbook.

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