Educational Leadership, M.Ed. with Principal Endorsement


You understand the need for strong leaders in our schools. The Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement is designed to assist current licensed teachers to move into principal positions that deal with school governance and management, transformational leadership, supervision for school improvement, school and public policy and research. This program includes the ELCC, ISLLC and SRE standards for building level leadership.

Our challenging curriculum prepares educators to effectively transition into leadership positions such as principal and assistant principal. As a candidate in the Educational Leadership program, you will learn specific and customized leadership methods through courses such as:

  • Ethical and Moral Foundations of Educational Leadership
  • Critical Issues in School Law for Educational Leaders
  • School Finance
Standing behind the College of Education's mission of "Developing Learning Communities", our faculty and local educational professionals will equip you at every level with the knowledge, strategies and resources needed to be a transformative leader.

Lewis University is the perfect place to prepare for your P-12 Principal Endorsement and prepare to become a Principal or Assistant Principal.

Degree Format
The Master of Education program requires 33 semester credit hours, which can be completed in an accelerated format in approximately two years. A yearlong internship is also required for the degree. This requirement can be completed without the loss of work time.

Director of Special Education Endorsement
Candidates who hold Professional Educator License with a Principal Endorsement may elect to complete coursework leading to Illinois State Board of Education approval for the Director of Special Education Endorsement. The Director of Special Education Endorsement is granted by the ISBE not Lewis University via individual transcript evaluation. Candidates are urged to apply for the Endorsement and submit all transcripts to ISBE for review. ISBE will notify the candidate if any additional coursework is required this Endorsement.

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Student Talk

  • Principal preparation endorsement, Educational leadership master's degree
    Pat Even

    DHH Department Chair, Hinsdale South High School

    "When exploring administrative training programs, I was looking for the in-depth training Lewis offers as opposed to a program that only provided the 'paper' to be an administrator. At Lewis, I was able to develop a working network of peers with whom I could grow and rely on as a new administrator."


Principal preparation endorsement, Educational leadership master's degree
Dr. Jane Petrek

Chair, Educational Leadership

"Our programs prepare critical transformative leaders who will address social issues with integrity and in a caring and ethical manner."