Here, you lead the next generation to success.

OpenHouseRegisterButtonYour 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 community.

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 goals.

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 prepared students.

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 ( Chicago’s median salary for principals is $101,892.

 Delivery Format

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. 

Academic Advising

The Division of Education provides professional Academic Advisors to serve the needs of all of its candidates. Your program's Academic Advisor is the ideal first contact for:

  • Individuals considering transfer into this degree program.
  • Newly admitted candidates who need to develop a plan of study, including evaluation of transfer credits.
  • Continuing candidates who have questions or comments on program policies, procedures and requirements.

The Academic Advisor for the Master of Arts in Educational Administration program is Ms. Carla Johnson. Ms. Johnson can be reached via phone: 708.235.3989 or email:

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    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.

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