Here, you lead the next generation to success.
Your experience as a P-12 educator has already prepared you to
mold lives—take the next step by obtaining skills to transform the next
generation. Governors State’s Master of
Arts in Educational Administration – Principal Leadership prepares
experienced teachers to step into administrative roles where knowledge,
practice, and skills create real growth and impact in schools and the
In this program, you will obtain the deep understanding needed
to lead public and non-public schools to success through preparation in
organizational, community, and student-focused leadership. Graduates of the
program will have a Type 75 Educational Administration State License and will
have completed state-mandated PERA training for teacher evaluation.
Reach your career
As a P-12 administrator, your impact is not limited to a single
classroom—it can resonate throughout the entire community. In the Principal
Leadership M.A., you will obtain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills
you need to lead at the P-12 level. Graduates of the program may explore other
career options in school administrative roles or go on to pursue superintendent
licensure through GSU’s Interdisciplinary Doctorate Program.
Why get a Master of
Arts in Educational Administration – Principal Leadership?
School administrators are crucial for student
success. Teachers who are inspired to become leaders of their fields will learn
the skills needed as principal to advance a school’s organization by
establishing a successful curriculum, proficient instructors, and academically
Data collected in 2017 reflected the national median salary
for school principals to be $101,892 with an average range of $89,995 – $114,616 (salary.com).
Chicago’s median salary for principals is $101,892.
Governors State’s 36-credit hour Principal Leadership M.A. is
offered in a cohort format fully on-campus and hybrid format OR off-site
district partner sites. A few courses are delivered in an online format. The
cohort model allows you to take two classes per term but in 7.5 week sessions
to allow for no more than one class to be meeting at a time.
David Conrad, Principal of Manteno Middle School
I am proud to tell colleagues my preparation for the principalship began at Governors State University. Their mix of practitioners and scholars provided a theoretical understanding balanced with practical applications in schools. As a partner in their program redesign, I was impressed how faculty listened to school leaders about the training needs of future leaders. The program continues to anchor school leadership in the south suburbs.
Dr. Sondra Estep
About five years ago, the Illinois Board of Education mandated that all principal preparation programs go through a major revision with the focus on producing better instructional leaders in Illinois schools. GSU not only met their new requirements but exceeded them. Further, GSU has been in a continuous cycle of assessment of the new program which has led to improvements to better meet the needs of our local students. I am proud to be a faculty member in such a dynamic program that works diligently to prepare principals who better understand their role of providing instructional leadership for their students, faculty, and greater educational community.