Educational Leadership

Western Illinois University

Master On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The Department of Educational Leadership at Western Illinois University provides a comprehensive graduate academic program in educational leadership that offers Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.), and Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) degrees.


Sequences at the education specialist level expand this base and add elements that contribute to continued professional growth and those required, specifically, to qualify for the position of superintendent of schools. 

The Educational Leadership program at Western Illinois University develops instructional leaders who enable educational institutions, regardless of the obstacles, to exceed the No Child Left Behind annual progress requirements. This goal is achieved by means of a collaborative, inquiry-based learning structure that unites a group of practicing professionals to explore how theory, research, applied technology, and heightened political understanding serve to resolve the issues educational leaders regularly face. Although three graduate degrees are offered, all programs of specialization are designed as interrelated activities.

Possible Careers

  • School principal
  • School Superintendent
  • Curriculum director

Why Choose Educational Leadership at WIU?

The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership is to prepare transformational leaders who cultivate exemplary learning organizations.

The Department of Educational Leadership faculty holds doctoral degrees from some of the finest universities in the United States. Their professional experience includes service as principals, business managers, curriculum directors, and district superintendents.


The principal preparation program is accredited through the Education Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), and has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). WIU’s licensure officer is authorized to approve endorsement for students seeking principal endorsement in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership Development and Self-Assessment 
  • Leading the Core Curriculum 
  • School Leadership and Technology 
  • Data for School Leaders 
  • Fundamentals of School Law 
  • Leadership for Special Needs
  • Integrating Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 
  • Supervision of Instruction 
  • Methods of Research 


  • Tracy Davis, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • James La Prad, Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Sterling Saddler, Ph.D., Penn State University
  • Stuart O. Yager, Ph.D., University of Iowa

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • National students - rolling admission




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. 
  • Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Educational Leadership
Western Illinois University