Illinois Principal Preparation

Study Formats Chicago Cohorts

This degree is available on campus and through satellite locations in the Chicagoland area.

Program Length 30 credits, 24-46 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 Licensure Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

  • At entry, a candidate must hold and maintain a valid and current Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement such as early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12, special preschool-age 21 or other Illinois approved endorsement, or a candidate may be admitted provisionally if holding a valid, current teaching license from another state.  By the end of the second course in the program, the student must hold a valid, current Illinois PEL to be fully admitted and continue in the program.

  • Successful completion of four years of lead teaching experience. Should the candidate not have four years, then 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 Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly called the Illinois Test of Basic Skills) or ACT/SAT equivalent as established by ISBE, or equivalent out of state test accepted by ISBE.

  • Successful completion of the application requirements for the CUC Principal Preparation Program.

  • Successful completion of the Principal Preparation program coursework.

  • Successful completion of the Principal Preparation program yearlong internship at an Illinois ground-based school.

  • Successful completion of teacher evaluation training (2 administrator academies) required by ISBE.
  • Successful completion of the Illinois content tests #195 and #196.
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