Graduate Studies

Educational Leadership

“The Master of Science in Education program offered by Western Illinois University offered opportunities to build my abilities and talents as a professional. Through the coursework, collaboration with other educators and professors, and internship experiences, my knowledge has increased in a wide variety of areas which are beneficial in my role as an effective administrator and leader.” – Tammy Muerhoff, May 2010 Regional Superintendent of Schools Rock Island County Regional Office of Education

Program Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a comprehensive graduate academic program in educational leadership within which a student may earn a Master of Science in Education (MS Ed.), an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, and/or an Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.). The master's program concentrates on the general background and skills needed for entry into positions of educational leadership. Sequences at the education specialist level expand this base and add elements that contribute to continued professional growth and those required, specifically, to qualify for the position of superintendent of schools. The doctorate program develops instructional leaders who enable educational institutions, regardless of the obstacles, to exceed the No Child Left Behind annual progress requirements. This goal is achieved by means of a collaborative, inquiry-based learning structure that unites a group of practicing professionals to explore how theory, research, applied technology, and heightened political understanding serve to resolve the issues educational leaders regularly face. Although three graduate degrees are offered, all programs of specialization are designed as interrelated activities.

Possible Careers

  • School principal
  • School Superintendent
  • Curriculum director

Why Choose Educational Leadership at WIU?

The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership is to prepare transformational leaders who cultivate exemplary learning organizations.

Our Faculty

The Department of Educational Leadership faculty holds doctoral degrees from some of the finest universities in the United States. Their professional experience includes service as principals, business managers, curriculum directors, and district superintendents.

Other Information

The educational leadership program at Western Illinois University offers degree and certificate programs through the Weekend Academy format. In this format, classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays, three weekends a semester. Courses are offered at both the Macomb and the Moline campuses.

  • Western Illinois University
    Department of Educational Leadership
    Horrabin Hall 115
    Macomb, IL 61455
  • Western Illinois University - Quad Cities
    3300 River Drive
    Moline, IL 61265

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Degrees Available:

  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • Master's of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
  • Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.)


  • Quad Cities
  • Macomb

Required GPA for Ed.D.:

  • Cumulative: 3.0

Required GPA for MS.Ed. and Ed. Specialist:

  • Cumulative: 2.75 or
  • Last 2 years: 3.0

Admission Requirements:

  • Application
  • Interview
  • Portfolio
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE (Ed.D. only)

Interesting Facts: Fall 2018

  • Currently enrolled: 173
  • International: 0
  • Minority: 20
  • Male: 77
  • Female: 96
  • Students with Assistantships: 1

Department Contact Information:

Horrabin Hall 115