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Educational Leadership

Northeastern Illinois University

24 months
865 USD/credit 15570 USD/year
865 USD/credit 15570 USD/year
432 USD/credit 7776 USD/year
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The Educational Leadership program of the Northeastern Illinois University was named the best program in the state and 20th overall in the nation on GradReports list of 2020 Best Colleges.


Students in the Educational Leadership program of the Northeastern Illinois University may select one of two concentrations:

  • Higher Education Leadership
  • School Leadership (PreK-12)

Program objectives for the concentrations have been designed to develop exemplary administrative leaders and to foster their continuing growth and effectiveness. Specifically, students in the School Leadership (PreK-12) concentration develop competencies related to effective leadership, educational management practices, and staff development at the school level. This concentration leads to The State of Illinois Principal Endorsement.

The Higher Education Leadership concentration provides knowledge and skills related to the history and development of colleges, universities, and community colleges, and to effective administrative practices at that level. It stresses an understanding of administrative and supervisory skills for the development and support of instructional systems at the collegiate level. Students in this concentration have the option of completing a thesis. Courses are taught in the evenings and Saturdays at the main campus, El Centro, the Carruthers Center, the University Center of Lake County, and at a variety of locations in the Chicago metropolitan area through Distance Education and web-enhanced courses.

Program Benefits

The Goodwin College of Education offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes.

Students get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain connections to internships, career fairs and educational conferences.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Career Options

The Higher Education Leadership concentration prepares students for careers in higher education areas such as:

  • College Admissions and Recruitment 
  • College Multicultural Centers
  • College Residential Life
  • Student Affairs

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evaluation Of Certified & Support Staff
  • Educational Leadership And Organizational Studies
  • Research Design & Analysis Of Educational Data
  • Human Resources Administration In Education
  • Instructional Leadership
  • The Principalship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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36 alternative credits


On Campus

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale) from most recent degree.
  • Valid and current Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) OR endorsed in a school support personnel area. 
  • Completion of two years of PK-12 full-time teaching OR school support personnel experience for admission to the program and completion of four years of full-time experience to be eligible to for the Principal Endorsement upon completion of the program. 
  • Passage of the Illinois Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)/ Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  ACT plus writing or SAT scores may be eligible to be used in lieu of these tests.
  • Two letters of recommendation (completed by supervisors).
  • Two NEIU Disposition Assessments (completed by supervisors).
  • Successful completion of a written exam provided by the department.
  • Completion of a successful teaching or school support personnel portfolio.
  • In-person interview.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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