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Educational Leadership & Higher Education


​If you are interested in PreK -12 or Higher Education Administration, you should explore Educational Leadership & Higher Education. This area is focused on educational institutions' policies, procedures, and operations to ensure students, teachers, and staff receive the support and resources they need to succeed.

Educational Leadership & Higher Education Resources

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Below is a sample list of position titles within the Educational Leadership & Higher Education umbrella. 

One important consideration is that most jobs under this grouping require a graduate degree, and some require a state license to work in public k-12 schools. Most Higher Education Institutions no longer require a specific degree in Student Affairs or College Counseling. However, there is still a strong preference applicants hold a graduate degree.  

Many graduate programs require students to complete internships focused on the position they are preparing for. These positions also require related experience in the field or setting before moving into a leadership position and many times before even applying to graduate school.

DePaul Graduate Programs: ​

DePaul College of Education Graduate Programs

The Curriculum Studies (MA/MEd) program prepares you to develop, evaluate, and modify curricula and educational programs to serve the needs of all learners. You’ll be prepared to design well-developed learning environments in a variety of educational settings to meet the needs of all students, especially those poorly served by existing programs. If you are already a licensed teacher, you also have the opportunity to pursue a Teacher Leader or a Computer Science endorsement to add to your Illinois Teaching License (PEL).

The MEd enhances a current teacher or practitioner’s professional knowledge base and teaching with three concentration options:

  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Curriculum Studies with Teacher Leader Endorsement
  • Curriculum Studies with Computer Science Endorsement

The Education, Culture, and Society master’s program is designed for teachers, administrators, and individuals with bachelor’s degrees who have broad interests in educational issues but who may not be professional educators. Deepen and broaden your understanding of larger social, political and cultural forces. Coursework is designed to help you become an educational leader focused on diversity and social justice issues in schools and in the broader society.


The Educational Leadership (MA/MEd) program prepares you to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners. You’ll learn to shape and inform policy, collaborate with stakeholders, build consensus, coordinate institutional services and be accountable for strategic outcomes. Classes are offered online or in person on the Lincoln Park Campus.

This program has eight concentrations

  • General (MA or MEd)

  • Catholic Leadership (MA or MEd)

  • Higher Education (MA or MEd)

  • Physical Education (MA or MEd)

  • Principal License (MEd only)

  • Principal License, Catholic (MEd only)

  • Teacher Leader (MEd only)

  • Teacher Leader, Catholic (MEd only)

​​DePaul School of Public Service Graduate Programs  

Post-Grad Entr​y Points:

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • ​Dean
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Student Affairs Professional
  • Curriculum Specialist​