Quad Cities Campus

Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administrative Licensure at WIU-Quad Cities

EDL Grad Program

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Departmental Website:
http://www.wiu.edu/coehs/qc/edl/

The department offers a comprehensive graduate academic program leading to the Master of Science in Education (MSED) degree and administrative licensure. The MSED degree program concentrates on the general background and skills needed for entry positions in educational leadership. The licensure option prepares students for appointments as public school principals. All courses are delivered in weekend academy and distance learning formats.

Admission Requirements

Admission to candidacy in the department is contingent upon admission to the School of Graduate Studies and the Educational Leadership department’s admission requirements. Evaluation for admission to candidacy is based upon the following:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Personal references
  • On-site written essay
  • On-site structured interview
  • Portfolio

The final decision on a candidate’s admission is made by the Department Graduate Committee.

International students must have an overall TOEFL score of at least 231 (575 paper score), with a listening comprehension score of 23 (58 paper score).

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 33 semester hours (sh) (24 sh or more in Educational Leadership courses from WIU) to be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser, if approved by the Graduate Committee. The student may earn licensure in K-12 administration (Type 75) after completing the degree program.

Courses Required of All MSEd Degree Candidates

  • EDL 500 Leadership Development and Self-Assessment: 3 sh
  • EDL 504 Leading the Core Curriculum: 3 sh
  • EDL 508 School Leadership and Technology: 3 sh
  • EDL 510 Data for School Leaders: 3 sh
  • EDL 515 Fundamentals of School Law: 3 sh
  • EDL 520 Leadership for Special Needs: 3 sh
  • EDL 525 Integrating Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: 3 sh
  • EDL 528 Supervision of Instruction: 3 sh
  • EIS 500 Methods of Research or LEJA 503 Research Methodology in Criminal Justice (may be substituted for EIS 500 with permission of EDL department chair): 3 sh
  • Electives to be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser: 6 sh

Courses Required for Principal Licensure

Persons seeking Illinois Type 75 principal licensure through WIU must have a Master’s degree or must complete the Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. The licensure program includes the following 36 sh of coursework, EDL 555 (Principal Internship), and requires a minimum of four years of full-time teaching experience.

  • EDL 500 Leadership Development and Self-Assessment: 3 sh
  • EDL 504 Leading the Core Curriculum: 3 sh
  • EDL 508 School Leadership and Technology: 3 sh
  • EDL 510 Data for School Leaders: 3 sh
  • EDL 515 Fundamentals of School Law: 3 sh
  • EDL 520 Leadership for Special Needs: 3 sh
  • EDL 525 Integrating Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: 3 sh
  • EDL 528 Supervision of Instruction: 3 sh
  • EDL 530 Managing School Finance, Facilities, and Contracts: 3 sh
  • EDL 540 School Improvement: 3 sh
  • EDL 545 School, Parent, and Community Relations: 3 sh
  • EDL 550 Principal as Instructional Leader: 3 sh

EDL Student

Distinctive Features

Most courses are delivered in a weekend academy format. Classes meet from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturdays and from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm on Sundays. The complete coursework for this program is offered on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. A three-year course rotation schedule is available on our website: wiu.edu/edl. Coursework in the program is problem-based and is focused on real problems faced by PK-12 administrators. Students exiting our program feel that they are well-prepared to deal with the demands of the principalship.

Accreditation

The principal preparation program is accredited through the Education Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. WIU’s licensure officer is authorized to approve licensure for students seeking administrative licensure in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the licensure program are qualified to serve as assistant principals, principals, and deans of students in school districts in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.

Faculty Expertise

The faculty members of the Department of Educational Leadership have a strong interest in helping highly successful principals make the transition from school building administrators to school district administrators. As transformational leaders, they can improve educational opportunities for all children in the district. Educational Leadership faculty hold doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership and other related fields. Their professional experiences include service as principals, curriculum directors, associate superintendents, and district superintendents.

Educational Leadership faculty are actively involved in professional organizations, working with school districts on school improvement, and providing inservice opportunities to teachers and administrators. They are accomplished authors as demonstrated by their published books and articles in state and national journals. They also are very active in presenting their research at professional meetings at the state, national, and international levels.

Contact Information

For admissions process and general program information, contact Admissions, Western Illinois University–Quad Cities, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265, (309) 762-1495, WIU-QC-Admissions@wiu.edu, wiu.edu/qc.

For specific program questions, contact the Department of Educational Leadership, Horrabin Hall 81, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. Inquiries may also be made by phone at (309) 298-1070 or at wiu.edu/edl.