Advanced Studies in Education

Students with diplomasThe Ed.D. in Educational Leadership degree is designed to develop excellent educational leaders who are well rounded in research and theory in the organizational, sociological, legal, economic, political, philosophical and historical foundations of education.

Our doctoral program has been designed to prepare leaders and administrators for service in a variety of organizational settings. Components of the degree program include the cohort model (wherein all students in the cohort begin and complete their core courses at the same time), application of theory to practice, action science, group presentations, theme-based and program-based seminars, frequent colloquia and many other experiences deemed current and appropriate for doctoral students. Our expectations are that students completing the program will be prepared as knowledgeable and skilled practitioners fully equipped for success in a dynamic and changing world.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate acumen in writing, problem solving, data analysis, and the use of educational technology. Further, applicants are expected to demonstrate understanding of the principles, modes of inquiry, and content of educational administration and supervision.

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program requires 54 semester hours of coursework, including 42 hours of core courses and 12 hours of dissertation writing.  In addition to the required coursework, the doctoral program in Educational Leadership includes a qualifying examination (administered after the core coursework is completed), Dean's Forum, a Portfolio, the dissertation, and the dissertation defense. 

 Candidates currently enrolled in the Superintendent Endorsement Program must complete all Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership degree requirements, must have received the Ed.D. and must have the Superintendent Endorsement issued by the Illinois State Board of Education by September 1, 2019.

The Superintendent Endorsement Program is in the process of being redesigned.  It will go through an internal approval process during the 2017-2018 year and will be submitted for external review and approval.

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Graduate Programs in Education

The Graduate Programs in Education Department (G.P.E.D) strives to balance theory with practice by offering appropriate field and hands-on experiences, as well as the highest caliber of academic programs designed to prepare candidates interested in earning their graduate degrees, certificates, and professional educator licensure intended for transformative leaders and teachers in diverse educational settings.

Programs housed within this Department, are designed for candidates who are interested in the:

Special Education Learning Behavioral Specialist – I Master’s Degree Program: for candidates interested in the:

  • Initial Certification Program: designed for candidates who are new to the teaching profession and do not possess a teaching certificate;
  • Certified Teachers Program: designed for candidates who enter the program with valid teaching certificates, usually in the area of general education at the elementary or secondary level.

Educational Leadership, and Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Program: for candidates interested in the:

  • Principal Preparation Program: designed for candidates interested in becoming school principals, assistant principals, and other similarly related positions;
  • Higher Education Administration Program: designed for candidates interested in educational administrative and supervisory positions at the middle management level in higher education.
  • Curriculum and Instruction Program: designed to provide candidates with extensive preparation in curriculum development, and teaching and learning strategies as part of an overall effort to improve instruction. Options offered within this program consist of:
    1. Adult Education: designed to prepare candidates who are interested in working with and teaching adults in a variety of contexts and settings.
    2. Elementary Education: designed for licensed/certified teachers who are interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge and practical skills in the development of pedagogically sound curriculum and instructional programs in elementary education.
    3. Secondary Education: designed for licensed/certified teachers who are interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge and practical skills in the development of pedagogically sound curriculum and instructional programs in secondary education.

Reflected in both the background of our faculty and the quality of all our programs are the strong grounding in educational theory and research; development of our candidates’ skills in critical thinking and reflective practice; modeling of effective administrative and teaching practices; fostering of sensitivity to diversity in our students; addressing issues prevalent in a pluralistic society; working in partnerships with local educational agencies and organizations; and collaborating with other departments in the university.

 

Program Accreditation

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