Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership)

The Doctor of Education program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and is structured around national standards.

There are two concentrations within this program:

Superintendent Endorsement Concentration
Program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for endorsement on the Professional Educator’s License. It is designed for educators who have the General Administrative (Type 75) endorsement or the Principal Preparation endorsement on their Professional Educator License and want to pursue district-level leadership.

Stewardship, Leadership, and Learning Concentration
Program is designed for those pursuing higher level management and leadership positions in public and private sector, service-oriented organizations.
Special Note
Candidates may be eligible for a focused program to earn the Superintendent Endorsement only. For additional information regarding this option, please contact Keith Pain, Program Coordinator, at 815-740-3715 or
The application is online and free.