A student applying to a graduate certificate program or as a graduate student at-large must:
have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
Degree and License
You must have a master’s degree.
You also need to have either a Principal License/Type 75 certificate or a master’s degree in accounting or business.
You’ll need to provide evidence of one of the following, depending on the program:
Superintendent’s Program: a valid Type 75 certificate and two years of school leadership/administrative experience
Chief School Business Official Endorsement Program: a valid Type 75 certificate for Ed. Admin graduates or a Master’s in Business, Accounting, Finance, Public Administration
You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a Master's program.
Provide one official copy of transcripts from all institutions you have attended (other than Illinois State).
Submit your current resume.
You must answer questions related to the goals of the program.
Letters of Recommendation
Submit two professional letters of reference. You will also be asked to submit their contact information when applying on the on-line system. The letters should come from a person who has knowledge of your professional work, especially your work as a school or district leader.
The letter must address the following with examples or details:
Ability to make a difference in student performance
Ability to work with colleagues and staff as a team
Oral and written communication skills
Potential to become a special education administrative leader who can motivate and support faculty and families and who can promote learning by students with disabilities
Also include the names and email addresses of two references for letters of recommendation within the online application.