Program Requirements — Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (M.A.E.L.) will provide students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to perform successfully in the elementary and secondary schools and districts as an administrator. Aurora University's graduate program in Educational Leadership provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical format that allows students to use the knowledge and skills presented in class in order to become an effective administrative professional. The M.A.E.L. leads to a Type 75 Administrative Certificate in Illinois and a Wisconsin Code 10/51-Principal.

Students who already have a master's degree may complete the state of Illinois requirements for the Type 75 Certificate by completing the graduate coursework without completing an additional degree. Students may enroll for part-time study. The program combines classroom study with on-the-job assignments that enable students to test theory against practical reality. This program is delivered in an 8-week format and during the summer.

In addition to the general university "Graduate Admission Requirements and Procedures," the following are required for entrance into the M.A.E.L. program:

  1. Current teaching certificate.
  2. One year of teaching experience prior to beginning graduate studies.
  3. Letters of recommendation*, including one from the student's immediate supervisor for the M.A.E.L. program.
          *1 letter cohort student and 3 letters on campus student.

Attendance Policy: All Graduate Education Programs

Attendance is mandatory at all class sessions. If a student is to be absent for any reason he/she must discuss the expected absence with the course instructor before it occurs.

Academic Standards and Evaluation in Graduate Education Programs

Upon completion of each course, letter grades are assigned to each student. At the graduate level, a "C" grade indicates less-than-complete mastery of the content and methods of the course. Only two grades of "C" are accepted at the graduate level in the M.A.E.L. program, and they must be balanced by two course grades of "A." If a "C" is received within the first three courses, the student may be removed from the program by action

Options within the program include:

  • Type 75 Certificate with Administrative Endorsement - Illinois
  • Code 10/51-Principal - Wisconsin

For certified teachers who seek administrative positions in the schools as Department Chair, Division Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant or Associate Superintendent, or other similar or related positions, the Educational Leadership program provides a Master of Arts degree and a program of preparation leading to the Type 75 Certificate with the General Administrative Endorsement. The course plan requiring 36 semester hours is as follows:


Program Requirements

Thirty-six (36) semester hours are required for the M.A.E.L Twenty-seven (27) of these semester hours must be taken as core-residency courses taught by Aurora University faculty on campus or at designated off-campus sites. The remaining courses in the degree may be satisfied through transfer coursework, on-campus graduate education coursework, or Aurora University coursework offered in conjunction with Aurora University's network of collaborating academic partners.

The College of Education Graduate Faculty Committee may accept a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning for application toward elective-degree requirements. Transfer credit must be accepted prior to enrollment in the first M.A.E.L. course. Graduate faculty reserve the right to decide on the applicability of any and all transfer credit.

Students requesting transfer credits must submit a "Request for Transfer Credit" form with their admission application. All courses must be less than five years old at the time of admission and must be completed with a grade of "B" or better. An official transcript must be provided. It is university policy that no more than six (6) semester hours taken as a "student-at-large" may be applied toward a graduate-degree program.

Curriculum– 6 semester hours
  • EDU6050 Technology in the School of the Future (3)
  • EDU6630 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3)

Educational Research – 3 semester hours

  • EDU6020 Assessment in the Schools (3)

Supervision and Staff Development – 6 semester hours

  • EDU6610 Educational Leadership (3)
  • EDU6620 School Supervision (3)

Schools and Public Policy – 15 semester hours

  • EDU6010 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDU6600 School Administration (3)
  • EDU6640 School and Community Relations (3)
  • EDU6650 School Law (3)
  • EDU6660 School Finance (3)

Clinical Experience – 6 semester hours

  • EDU6080 Introduction to the Practicum (3)
  • EDU6670 Practicum in Educational Leadership (3)
For more information on the program requirements, see full course descriptions for the M.A.E.L. program.