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Dr. Keith Pain
Program Coordinator
Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Admission Requirements


USF Ed.D. Requirements

  • Successful completion of program assessment levels prerequisite to advancing to the next level of the program.
  • Successful completion of all courses (60 credit hours beyond the Master’s Degree)
  • Successful completion of the dissertation and its related approval process.
  • Submission of the dissertation for publication.
  • Presentation of the dissertation to the COE faculty and fellow doctoral candidates.
  • Successful completion of all course and program assessments.


ISBE Superintendent Endorsement Requirements

  • Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • ISBE Type 75 General Administrative Endorsement or the Illinois Principals’ Endorsement, or another state equivalent Administrative Certification.
  • Completion of an Illinois program approved for the preparation of a superintendent’s endorsement.
  • Two years’ full-time administrative experience.
  • Passing the Superintendent Test #187 and the Test of Basic Skills (if not already passed.)