MA, Illinois Principal Preparation

Study Format Chicago Cohorts
Program Length 33 credits*, 24-26 months


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The Concordia University Chicago Department of Leadership is at the forefront in providing educators with quality, relevant and current graduate education that enhances the leadership of public and nonpublic teachers and administrators as they positively impact schools.

Our department advocates for our graduate degree candidates and all students in the public and nonpublic schools. We are reflective professionals who provide quality, relevant and current education for our graduate candidates in leadership. We prepare our candidates to be teacher and administrator leaders guiding the public and nonpublic schools in the service of students so that they may become effective citizens in society.

This program prepares educators for school administrative responsibility. This program is designed to help the candidate:

  • Promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning and programs which support this learning.
  • Develop basic skills in management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • Collaborate with staff, boards, students, families, and community members in response to diverse educational and community interests and needs while mobilizing community resources.
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to help in the development of a caring and moral school community.
  • Understand and respond to the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.

Application for the Illinois Principal Licensure is made through the Office of the Registrar following graduation.

Program Endorsement Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Hold a valid and current Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement such as early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12 or special preschool-age 21, or other Illinois approved endorsement; or a valid and current teaching license from another state.
  • Have successfully completed four years of lead classroom teaching experience. Should the candidate not have four years, the candidate must show proof of four years' teaching experience prior to completion of the program.
  • Copy of evidence of a passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (formally the Illinois Test of Basic Skills) or equivalent out-of-state test.
  • Successfully complete the CUC application requirements for the Illinois Principal Preparation Program.
  • Successfully complete the Principal Preparation program coursework.
  • Successfully complete the Principal Preparation program year-long internship.
  • Successfully complete the Teacher Evaluation training required by ISBE.
  • Successfully pass the Illinois Principal content exam.


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