The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program provides 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 link theory with practice and is not based on traditional assumptions about the relationships of theory with practice or on conventional notions about the status of practitioners and theorists.

The program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow. Graduates of the program may wish to enter a new career or strengthen their current position. They may assume faculty positions in higher education, take leadership positions in local and state education agencies, or become leaders in educational policy and advocacy in organizations and institutions.

Licensures and Endorsements

Superintendent Endorsement

The Doctoral program’s Educational Leadership concentration is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for the Superintendent endorsement. The Superintendent endorsement requires an additional four quarter hours for the internship course. ISBE states the following guidelines:

 Individuals seeking the Superintendent endorsement must possess:

  • a Master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • proof of two years of teaching experience on a valid Illinois teaching license
  • proof of two years of full-time administrative experience on a valid administrative license with the general administrative endorsement
  • proof of passing the Basic Skills/TAP and Superintendent content-area tests.

Upon completion of the Superintendent program and the endorsement’s additional requirements, students must apply for the endorsement. Students are to work with the College of Education’s Licensure Officer when applying for the endorsement.

Teacher Leader Endorsement

To be eligible for the Teacher Leader endorsement program, students must possess:

  • a bachelor’s degree and master's degree from an accredited college or university,
  • a valid teaching license
  • at least two years of teaching experience
  • proof of passing the Basic Skills or Test of Academic Proficiency.

Principal Licensure

The principal licensure program at DePaul University is an approved Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) program.  It is a rigorous program preparing principals and assistant principals for work service in public and private schools in the state of Illinois.

To be eligible for the Principal Licensure program, students must possess:

  • a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.75 or higher at the undergraduate level and a 3.25 or higher at the graduate level.
  • a valid Illinois teaching license
  • at least two years of full-time successful teaching experience
  • proof of passing the basic skills or test of academic proficiency.

Concentrations

  • Educational Leadership (degree only)
  • Educational Leadership plus Superintendent Endorsement
  • Educational Leadership plus Teacher Leader Endorsement
  • Educational Leadership plus Principal Licensure
Degree Requirements 76 hours
   Total hours required    76 hours