Graduate Course Catalog 2009-2011

General Information

Faculty/Staff Directory





Total Credit Hours: 33


The Certificate of Advanced Study degree at Lewis University offers the educator who already possesses a masterís level degree the opportunity for advanced coursework. Two separate course sequences are available, each offering a comprehensive theoretical and practical program.

The General Administrative sequence provides the knowledge base for building principals and leads to the Type 75 Principalís Certificate.

The Superintendent Endorsement is an accelerated course sequence which provides skills and insights required for central office leaders and leads to the Superintendent Endorsement on the Type 75 Certificate.


Credits accepted for transfer into the Certificate of Advanced Study Program (maximum of six) must be hours beyond the masterís degree. No hours earned toward the Type 75 Principalís Certificate may be accepted toward the Superintendent Endorsement requirements.


See complete admission requirements in College of Education introduction.


  1. Masterís level degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  2. Valid initial or standard Illinois Teaching (Type 03, 04, 09, 10) or School Service Personnel (Type 73) Certificate.

  3. Two years of teaching or School Service Personnel experience.

  4. Fulfillment of Survey of Exceptional Child requirement (105 ILCS 5/21-2a).

  5. Submission of Writing Sample accepted by faculty.

  6. Successful completion of the Illinois Certification Basic Skills Test.

      Course of study: 33 credit hours, 240 clinical hours required.


    I. Core courses: (24)

    No transfer credit accepted
    51-538 School Law for Administrators (3)
    51-548 Educational Organization and Administration (3)
    51-558 School Finance and Business Management (3)
    51-578 The Principalship (3)
    51-588 Administrative Practicum (3)
    51-589 Administrative Practicum II (3)
    51-622 Ethical and Moral Foundations of Educational Leadership (3)
    51-675 Research for School Leaders (3)

    II. Non-core courses: (9)

    Transfer credit accepted

    A maximum of six semester hours may be accepted for transfer credit from a regionally accredited institution, earned within the last five years, with no grade lower than a B; transcript must be accompanied by a performance portfolio indicating that the courses requested for transfer have addressed the appropriate ISBE standards.
    51-576 Social Foundations of Education (3)
    51-577 Staff Development (3)

    (SPED majors substitute 51-581: Supervision and Administration of Special Education)
    51-656 Curriculum and School Improvement (3)

    Total credit hours required for the Certificate of Advanced Study degree: 33

    Plus: Comprehensive Exam Clinical hours

    Each syllabus in the program contains a list of appropriate ISLCC/ELCC standards to guide clinical hour experiences.