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Principal Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

The North Park University School of Education prepares competent, respectful, and reflective professionals who are dedicated to serving diverse learning communities.

The master of arts in educational leadership (MAEL) is designed for current elementary and secondary teachers in who wish to earn the principal endorsement on their Illinois educator’s license/certificate.

Prospective students must be able to meet a specific set of requirements, including holding a valid and current Illinois teaching license, having at least two years of teaching experience, and demonstrating student achievement in their classrooms. Review the full admissions requirements and process for more details.

Master’s Degree Requirements, 34 total semester hours

Year 1

  • Fall Term
    • EDUC 6020: Instructional Leadership (4 sh)
    • EDUC 6030: Educational Leadership (2 sh)
  • Spring Term
    • EDUC 6310: Assessment in Schools (2 sh)
    • EDUC 6470: Leading Professional Learning Communities (2 sh)
    • EDUC 6040: The Principalship (4 sh)
  • Summer Term
    • EDUC 6920: Internship I (4 sh)
    • EDUC 6903: School and Community Relations (2 sh)

Year 2

  • Fall Term
    • EDUC 6440: School Law (2 sh)
    • EDUC 6450: School Finance (2 sh)
    • EDUC 6410: School Supervision (4 sh)
  • Spring Term
    • EDUC 6921: Internship II (4 sh)
  • Summer Term
    • EDUC 6930: The Capstone Experience (2 sh)
Program Requirements