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Department of Leadership in Education, Human Services, and Counseling
Westlake Hall
(309) 677-3193

Leadership in Educational Administration (MA)

Schools and districts need leaders who are visionary and can act as change agents for democratic school communities. Bradley’s graduate educational administration (EDA) program provides a contemporary approach to school administration that emphasizes leadership rather than management.

Students learn to analyze organizational problems from multiple perspectives. Courses focus on application of theories to issues that school leaders face with an emphasis on making the connections necessary for effective school leadership. Some details:

  • Leadership in Educational Administration Program Handbook
    For a copy of the program handbook, please click here
  • Accreditation
    Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; approval by the Illinois State Board of Education; satisfies requirements and qualifies graduates with the necessary coursework for licensure necessary for building level administration in Illinois schools.

    The program in educational leadership and administration fulfills the requirements for licensure necessary for entry-level school administrators.

    In addition, the department offers a licensure program sequence for students with a master's degree in another area of education.
  • Semester Hours Required
    36 hours
  • Completion Time
    1 to 1 1/2 years (full time), 2 to 3 years (part time)
  • Schedule of Classes
    Evenings, summers, and interims
  • Enrollment
    Part time: 32; full time: 1; 10 graduates each year
  • Field Experience
    A field experience with a practicing administrator is required; students typically take two semesters to complete this requirement.
  • Admissions
    Admissions is coordinated through the Graduate Admissions Office, which offers information, step-by-step directions, and a downloadable application. Admissions are ongoing; applications should be submitted three months prior to the student’s first semester.
  • Requirements                                                                                                                                                                            The Bradley University Educational Leadership Program and the Illinois State Board of Education expect candidates to provide evidence of (1) support for all students achieving high standards of learning, (2) accomplished classroom instruction, which shall include data providing evidence of two years of student growth and learning within the last five years, including how data was used to inform instruction, (3) significant school leadership roles in past positions, (4) strong oral and written communication skills, (5) analytic abilities needed to collect and analyze data for student learning and evidence of how the results from student assessment improve learning, (6) demonstrated respect for family and community, (7) strong interpersonal skills and (8) knowledge of curriculum and instructional practices. Candidates demonstrate evidence of these qualifications through a portfolio and interview both of which will be reviewed by faculty. Oral and interpersonal skills will be measured during the interview.
  • Prerequisites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All candidates for the EDA program are required to hold a valid and current Illinois teaching certificate (e.g., early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12, or special preschool-age 21 certificates), to have received a passing score on the test of basic skills if the candidate was not required to take the test for a teaching certificate. Acceptance into the program is based upon GPA in previous programs, test scores, letters of recommendation, admission portfolio, performance on writing prompt, and interview.
  • Application Process                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Candidates must submit an application to the Graduate School. Upon approval of the application, a portfolio that provides evidence of support for student learning, accomplished classroom instruction, school leadership roles, strong oral and written communication skills, analytic abilities, respect for families and community, strong interpersonal skills and knowledge of curriculum/instruction/assessment. Upon approval of the portfolio, successful candidates will be invited for an interview with faculty. Candidates will respond to a case study provided while on campus for the interview. Successful candidates will receive oral and written feedback on leadership strengths and identified areas for growth.                                                        
  • Questions? Please call Dr. Tripses at (309) 677-3593 or email her.
  • Additional information on the Leadership in Educational Administration Program.