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An Agency of the Regional Offices of Education for Will and Grundy - Kendall Counties
Phone: (815) 744-8334   Registration: (815) 744-8337   Fax: (815) 744-8396  
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

School Leadership / Principal Preparation Program

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Degree: Master of Arts
33 Semester Hours 

The Professional Development Alliance maintain a partnership with Aurora University to provide area educators with this outstanding School Leadership Principal Preparation Program. 


Program Objectives

This program prepares educators for school administrative responsibility. This program is designed to help the candidate:

  • Promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning and programs, which support this learning,
  • Develop basic skills in management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment,
  • Collaborate with staff, boards, students, families and community members in response to diverse educational and community interests and needs, and mobilizes community resources,
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to help in the development of a caring and moral school community,
  • Understand and respond to the larger political, social, economical, legal and cultural context.

Program Endorsement Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Hold a valid and current Illinois teaching certificate (e.g. early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12 or special preschool-age 21,school service personnel e.g. Guidance Counselors, Social workers, Psychologists, etc) or from another state with a valid and current teaching certificate for that state.
  • Successful completion of four years of lead teaching experience. Should the candidate not have four years, then the candidate must show proof of four years teaching experience prior to completion of the program.
  • Copy of evidence of a passing score on the Illinois Test of Basic Skills or equivalent test.
  • Successful completion of the application requirements for the CUC Principal Preparation Program.
  • Successful completion of the Principal Preparation program coursework.
  • Successful completion of the Principal Preparation program yearlong internship.

Internship Guidelines

Students complete field based experiences that are in their own school, including administrative shadowing in diverse settings in a school different than their own.

This program of study is offered through a cohort model.  Classes will be conducted at the PDA or at a site in in Will, Grundy or Kendall County. 

To learn more or to sign up for a free informational meeting, call us at (815) 744-8334 or email:

Bill Summers

2705 McDonough St. | Joliet, IL 60436