Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning with Superintendent Endorsement, Ed.D.

A Partnership Between Lewis University and DePaul University.

Acquire the Skills to Address the Most Pressing Educational, Social and Political Issues of Your Community and Society.

Lewis University and DePaul University have joined forces to bring you a brand new doctorate degree: Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning (Ed.D.) with Superintendent Endorsement. This program aims to prepare graduate students for administrative positions in PK-12 public and private schools. Through coursework and supervised internships, students are provided with a rich knowledge base to analyze administrative practices and promote socially just leadership of schools and organizations with an educational purpose. 

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Double the Experience. Double the Potential.

A strong partnership can result in great accomplishments. Lewis University and DePaul University both understand this. The desire to see our students succeed is why we each strive to forge a partnership that provides them with the skills and potential to meet their educational and professional goals. Through this partnership, Lewis and DePaul are able to combine the teaching and research expertise of both universities’ full-time and adjunct faculty. The result is an improved learning experience that broadens the mind by exposing you to more diverse ideas and people in the classroom.

The Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning (Ed.D.) degree will be delivered through Lewis University. This program is designed to prepare transformative educational leaders who are deeply discerning, knowledgeable, and approach the educational system as a potential avenue for challenging and transforming the status quo. Through a foundation in critical, ethical and moral leadership, this program will position participants to meet the growing challenges in our global and complex society.

The Superintendent Endorsement coursework will be delivered by DePaul University. It will further enhance candidates’ preparation and training to lead at the district level. Students are provided with a rich knowledge base to analyze administrative practices and promote socially just leadership of schools and organizations with an educational purpose. This program is uniquely designed to further the professional development of education professionals who wish to become leaders with the knowledge and skills to impact positive growth and change in schools, district offices, and at policy levels.

Upon completion of the program, students will have gained knowledge in research, critical pedagogy, moral philosophy, history, cultural difference, curriculum theory, global issues and critical policy studies.


The program is planned to be delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online classes. It will be held at Lewis’ Oak Brook campus or at an area school district supplying a cohort of 10 or more students. Note: Courses may be delivered completely online depending on Covid-19 status.

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree in an educationally related field from an accredited institution of higher education (to qualify for full admission, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the final 30 hours is required).
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended.
  • Submission of a graduate application form.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers or advisors.
  • Successful completion of a personal interview.
  • Submission of personal essay OR sample of previous scholarly paper.
  • A copy of a current and valid Illinois professional educator license (PEL) endorsed in general administrative, principal, chief school business official or director of special education.
  • Verification of employment (from HR and on letterhead) demonstrating 2 years of current experience in an administrative capacity.

Once both universities have completed a review, the potential candidate will be informed of the decision to be admitted for this program initiative.

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