Educational Administration


The Educational Administration program provides degree and certification programs that prepare students for leadership careers in educational organizations. Our faculty offer their expertise as professional practitioners, scholars, and researchers to develop students' understandings of historical and contemporary issues facing schools and communities. Students come to NIU from suburban, rural, and urban school settings to engage with faculty and other students in the development of their knowledge and skills in organizational behavior, school and district leadership, and supervision and evaluation. A rigorous internship in all of our programs provides students with opportunities to serve as leaders and decision-makers, while they enhance their abilities as reflective practitioners. NIU graduates serve across Illinois as elementary and secondary school principals, superintendents, and school business managers, as well as other school and district level leaders.

Degree Programs


maurice mcdavid

"My M.S.Ed. program allowed me to work with faculty with a wealth of experience in educational leadership. It really prepared me to think about leading a school building from all perspectives, and I use my NIU preparation in the way that I think about the choices I make."by Maurice McDavid, M.S.Ed., Educational Administration, Dean of Students, DeKalb High School


"Completing my portfolio was a long and extensive process, and my favorite professor supported me immensely. She also recommended me to the administration of DeKalb High School for my current position. Her support and passion for her students was evident, and I truly appreciated her genuine nature."by Julie Daniels M.S.Ed., Educational Administration, Dean of Students, DeKalb High School

Contact Us

Superintendent Program (Ed.S. and Ed.D.)
David Snow, Graduate Program Advisor

Principal Preparation (M.S.Ed.)
James Surber, Cohort Coordinator

Rebecca Surber, Cohort Coordinator

School Business Management (M.S.Ed.)
Brad Hawk, Cohort Coordinator

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