Education Specialist in Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation Online

Help shape the future of PK-12 education while completing the requirements for a Principal Endorsement on your Illinois Professional Educator license.

Apply by 12/29/21
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Start Classes 1/15/22

Enrollment for our accelerated online EdS programs is open. Get started today!

Program Overview

Learn more about the online EdS – Principal Preparation program

Tuition

$14,619

Total Tuition

Duration

as few as 12 months

Program Duration

Credit Hours

33

Credit Hours

Add to your master’s-level credentials and fast-track your career in school administration with the EdS, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation online program from SIUE.

This fully accredited online program prepares you to transition into school leadership roles while building on the expertise from your master’s degree. You will study sociocultural foundations of education, school law, instructional and curriculum leadership, data-driven school improvement and accountability, and more. Field experiences are embedded into the curriculum.

Upon graduation, SIUE verifies that you have completed the necessary steps and entitles certification with the Illinois State Board of Education. The principal endorsement is also one of the pathways to earning a superintendent endorsement in Illinois. The course work is generally acceptable for certification in other states, including Initial Administration Certification in Missouri. Click here for considerations regarding licensure in other states.

This dynamic post-master’s program is aligned to standards established by both the National Policy Board for Educational Administration and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). Plus, SIUE is a member of the University Council of Educational Administration, a premier organization for educational leadership and administration.

In this online program, you will:

  • Develop a professional knowledge base integrating both practical and research knowledge and linking theory with inquiry
  • Demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and build partnerships
  • Use school-level data and research evidence to identify problems and develop meaningful solutions
  • Understand equity, ethics and social justice as applied to educational practice
  • Construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities
  • Develop a professional knowledge base integrating both practical and research knowledge and linking theory with inquiry
  • Demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and build partnerships
  • Use school-level data and research evidence to identify problems and develop meaningful solutions
  • Understand equity, ethics and social justice as applied to educational practice
  • Construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities

Career opportunities:

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Dean of Students
  • Department Head
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Grade Level Coordinator
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Dean of Students
  • Department Head
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Grade Level Coordinator

In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by CAEP.

Tuition

Get the details on our affordable tuition

Tuition for the EdS, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Tuition per credit hour

$443

Per Credit Hour

Tuition per credit hour

$1,329

Per 3 Credit-Hour Course

Tuition per credit hour

$14,619

Total Tuition

Calendar

Here's when you can get started on your online EdS

The EdS, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation is delivered in an online format ideal for working educators, conveniently featuring six start dates each year. Choose the start date that best fits your goals.

Upcoming Start Dates

Tuition per credit hour

12/29/21

Next Application Deadline

Tuition per credit hour

1/15/22

Start Classes

TermStart DateApplication/Financial Aid DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Fall II10/23/2110/6/2110/13/2110/19/2110/21/2112/17/21
Spring I1/15/2212/29/211/5/221/11/221/13/223/4/22
Spring II3/19/223/2/223/9/223/15/223/17/225/6/22
Summer I5/9/224/20/224/27/225/3/225/5/226/24/22
Summer II6/27/226/8/226/15/226/21/226/23/228/12/22
Fall I8/27/228/10/228/17/228/23/228/25/2210/14/22
Fall II10/22/2210/5/2210/12/2210/18/2210/20/2212/16/22

Admissions

Here's what you need to know before applying for our online EdS

Admission to the EdS, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation online program is based on a variety of factors. You must submit all post-secondary academic transcripts and a $40 application fee.

EdS online admission requirements:

  • Master’s degree with cumulative 3.25 GPA in graduate studies work
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended
  • At least two years of prior teaching experience
  • No GMAT/GRE score required for admission

Students meeting the admission requirements will be given provisional admission allowing them to enroll in EDAD 500: Organization and Administration of Schools. During EDAD 500, students complete the candidate selection process. This process includes:

  • Completion of a leadership portfolio summarizing leadership experience and potential for instructional leadership
  • Identification of a qualified mentor for internship experiences
  • Participation in a selection interview
  • An assessment of written communication skills based on a response to a case study

Upon successful completion of EDAD 500 and selection as a candidate, students receive full admittance to the program.

All required documents (e.g., official transcripts) should be sent to the following address:

SIUE Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Campus Box 1047
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

Electronic official transcripts should be submitted to [email protected].

Have a question? Call us at 877-244-4661

Courses

Gain insights into the principal preparation online course work

The EdS, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation online curriculum is comprised of 33 credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Preparation of professional portfolio and participation in seminars on leadership and school improvement. Prerequisite for program admission.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of state and federal statutes and case law, emphasizing needs of English language learners and students with disabilities. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Research and theory related to instructional leadership. Emphasis on hiring, evaluation, and professional development of teachers. Prerequisites: EDAD 500 and program admission.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Principles and procedures of educational program evaluation. Data-driven school improvement processes. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C and Graduate level EPFR 501 Minimum Grade of C
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Curriculum leadership for the school leaders is to enhance learning of all students. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C and program admission
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theory and research related to leadership role of building principal. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a field-based internship. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C and Graduate level EDAD 525A Minimum Grade of C
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a field-based internship. Prerequisite: EDAD 500, EDAD 530A and EPFR 501 with minimum grade of C (concurrent enrollment allowed in EDAD 530A).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a field-based internship. Prerequisite: EDAD 500 and EDAD 535A with minimum grade of C (concurrent enrollment allowed in EDAD 535A).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a field-based internship. Prerequisite: EDAD 500 and EDAD 545A with minimum grade of C (concurrent enrollment allowed in EDAD 545A).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Required of candidates for specialist's degree. Report reflects special projects, research, or problems investigated during field experience. Requires consent of advisor. Prerequisite: None

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