Master of Arts in Leadership in Educational Administration (MA)

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Program Overview

The program in Educational Administration provides a contemporary approach to school administration as a sense-making, problem-solving activity that emphasizes leadership rather than management.  Students learn to analyze organizational problems from multiple perspectives, learn about empowering leadership practices, and learn to develop qualities associated with effective leadership and informed decision-making.  Courses focus on practical issues that school leaders face with an emphasis on making the connections that are necessary for effective administration.  A required field experience provides additional opportunities for considering issues from a variety of perspectives and to make the connections between theory and practice.  The department also offers a licensure program sequence for persons with a master's degree.


The program in Educational Administration is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, and qualifies graduates with the necessary coursework for licensure necessary for building level administration in Illinois schools.

Program Requirements

The program in Educational Administration requires a minimum of 36 semester hours.  Please see the Graduate School Catalog for a detailed list of program requirements.

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students carrying a full-time course load can reasonably expect to complete the program in one to one-and-a-half years. Students carrying a part-time course load have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the Leadership in Educational Administrationprogram should have an undergraduate major GPA of 3.0/4.0 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75/4.0.  Applicants may be required to submit official scores from the GRE General Test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) if other admission requirements are not met.  Applicants must also submit three professional and/or academic letters of reference, one of which must be from a current supervisor. 

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.


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) and 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, and performance on writing prompt, interview, and admission portfolio.

Application Process

Candidates must submit an application to the Graduate School. Upon approval of the application, candidates must submit 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.

Summer 2016 Application Deadlines

May 2 - Completed submission to the Graduate School

Fall 2016 Application Deadlines

August 1 - Completed submission to the Graduate School
Classes begin August 24.

Department Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator/Interim Department Chair
Dr. Jenny Tripses, (309) 677-3593,

Department Secretary
Candace Clark, (309) 677-3193,