MA, Principal Preparation Program

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


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The Illinois Principal Preparation Program prepares educators for school administrative responsibility. Those seeking an educational administration certificate in the state of Illinois should pursue this program. While in this program:

  • Students will succeed using a shared learning format. This promotes the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning and programs which support this learning.
  • You'll learn to manage operations in the K-12 environment. By developing basic skills in management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • The program teaches students to manage resources for public and private schools. By collaborating with staff, boards, students, families, and community members in response to diverse educational and community interests and needs while mobilizing community resources.
  • You'll gain the respect of peers. Demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to help in the development of a caring and moral school community.
  • You will begin to understand the political needs of an administrative role. Understand and respond to the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.

Principal Preparation Program Requirements

  • Current Bachelor’s Degree- All candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL)- At entry, a candidate must hold and maintain a valid and current 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.
  • 4 Years of Lead Teaching Experience- 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 of teaching experience prior to completion of the program.   
  • Completed Application- Successful completion of the application requirements for the CUC Principal Preparation Program (previously called the Type 75 license).

Principal Preparation Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of:

  • K-12 Principal Preparation program coursework.
  • Principal Preparation program yearlong internship to be completed at an Illinois ground-based school.  
  • PERA Teacher Evaluation training as required by ISBE. 
  • Successfully pass the Illinois Principal content area tests.

CUC Department of Leadership

The Concordia University Chicago Department of Leadership is at the forefront in providing educators with quality, relevant and current Master’s in Education and Doctoral education programs that enhance the leadership of public and private school teachers and administrators. Concordia University Chicago is proud to offer Chicago area cohort locations for our School Leadership program as well as other Master’s in Education programs.

Our department advocates for our graduate degree candidates and all students in the public and private 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.  

Application for the Illinois Principal Endorsement (previously the Type 75) is made through the Office of the Registrar following graduation.


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