Program Overview

The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement program from Aurora University has a long history of preparing principals for leadership positions. Strategically designed to take your education career to the next level, this degree is approved by the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) to ensure you graduate with the competitive edge you need to move into a leadership or administrator role.

The program is offered at a competitive tuition rate and can be completed online through AU’s interactive, virtual classroom. Access course materials on your time, discuss ideas with expert educators, and complete your degree in as little as two years.


The online MA in Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement program utilizes a curriculum focused on school administration and management essentials. With instruction from expert educators with veteran administration experience, you’ll explore supervision techniques, organizational theory, fiscal management, school law, and more. You’ll also gain hands-on experience through an internship opportunity in which you’ll gain expert skills that you can immediately apply in the workplace.

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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:August 26, 2024
  • Est. Program Length:1-2 years
  • Credit Hours:36
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$492

Educational Leadership and Principal Endorsement Courses Online

The online MA in Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement requires 36 semester hours: 9 courses totaling 27 semester hours and 9 semester hours of internship experience.

Required Core Courses

  • EDU6510 Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory – 3 hours
  • EDU6515 Technology for School Leaders – 3 hours
  • EDU6525 The Leader’s Role in Human Resources and Supervision of Staff – 3 hours
  • EDU6530 The Leadership Role in Curriculum Development, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation – 3 hours
  • EDU6535 The Leader’s Role in School-Community Relations – 3 hours
  • EDU6565 The Leader’s Role in Fiscal Management – 3 hours
  • EDU6570 School Leadership and the Law – 3 hours
  • EDU6575 School Leadership and the Law for Special Populations – 3 hours
  • EDU6580 The Leader’s Role in School Improvement Learning – 3 hours

Internship Experience

  • EDU6585 Introduction to the Internship – 3 hours
  • EDU6590 Internship for Educational Leadership I – 3 hours
  • EDU6595 Internship for Educational Leadership II – 3 hours
  • Completed application for admission.
  • Submit transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) for all prior college or university credit. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.75 or greater or a graduate degree indicating a GPA of 3.0 or higher, both based on a 4.0 scale.
  • A current resume documenting teaching and leadership experience.
  • Applicants are required to complete an interview with the program director and complete a timed writing sample.

Principal Endorsement Program Requirements:

  • Hold a professional educator license (early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K–12, preschool to age 21, or school service personnel).
  • Be in a current full-time teaching or school service position and have two or more years of teaching experience or school service work in a Pre-K–12 setting.

All AU Online students must have unrestricted access to a computer or mobile device with high-speed internet to participate in online courses. AU Online uses Moodle to host its online classes. All students will be charged an $80 Technology Fee per semester, regardless of the number of credits taken.

Educational Leadership — Principal Endorsement Program (MA) Career Outcomes

There’s a growing need for school administrators. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of school administration is growing at a steady pace of 8%. More than 21,000 new positions are expected to be created for principals by 2030.* With the online Master’s in Educational Leadership with Principal Endorsement from AUO, you’ll prepare to succeed in this in-demand field and lead your institution to success.

*Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals. Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved Feb. 24, 2022, from

Graduates of the program are qualified for roles such as:

  • Department director
  • Dean
  • Program coordinator
  • Instructional coach
  • Athletic director
  • Assistant principal
  • Elementary, middle, or high school principal

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