Study Formats Chicago Cohorts

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

Program Length 33 credits*, 24-26 months

Supervision and Improvement of Instruction

A study and application of various educational supervisory models with emphasis on the instructional process and the role of the evaluator/supervisor in this process.

School Evaluation and Change Processes

The examination and application of school program and curricular evaluation processes to school improvement. Also an examination and application of change processes and interventions.

Curriculum and Assessment: Framework for Student Learning

The analysis of curriculum frameworks aligned to state and national standards and assessment processes leading to school improvement. It will prepare the instructional leader to develop the knowledge and skills related to curriculum and assessment at the building level.

Principal as Resource Manager

A study of the financing of public and non public schools and the relationship to government and other sponsoring agencies.

Instructional Leadership

An analysis and examination of instructional leadership emphasizing parent, staff and community collaborations including improvement of curriculum and instruction.

Ethical Leadership: Models and Practices

An analysis and application of normative ethical theories and the perspectives of servant leadership and the Christian life applied to moral issues in education.

Schools, Parents and Community Partnerships

Processes and skills needed to develop effective communication programs linking schools, parents and the community.

School Law and Policies

An analysis of legal issues as they affect teachers, students, programs, and tort liability in public and nonpublic schools.

Introduction to Research 

The focus of this course is on the understanding of educational research. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of research and development of basic research skills for school improvement and improved student learning.

Capstone Experience

School Leadership Internship I (Fall Semester, 16 weeks)

School Leadership Internship II (Spring Semester, 16 weeks)

Internship I and II is a two semester, academic-year long, clinical experience at the preK-12 level offering a variety of appropriate site-based hands-on experiences in diverse settings supervised by an on-site mentor and a university supervisor. Students complete field-based experiences that are extensive and intensive in their own school, including administrative shadowing in diverse settings in a school different than their own. The student must be enrolled in the Principal Preparation Program and have had at least six courses (18 semester hours) completed prior to the internship experiences. Students must consult with their advisor before registering for these courses. 



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