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Aurora University introduces principal preparation program

Posted by on December 7, 2012

Aurora University Principal Preparation ProgramAurora University announces that the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) approved a 36-semester hour Master of Arts in Education Leadership – Principal Endorsement Program. The program, collaboratively designed by Aurora University and numerous area school districts, will begin in June 2013.

“Our new program will expand upon existing concepts and involve the candidates in rich classroom and clinical experiences,” said Don Wold, Dean of the College of Education. “Potential administrators in northern Illinois will have access to a quality, high energy principal preparation program.”

The curriculum design includes 90 hours of field experience embedded in nine courses giving candidates the opportunity to directly apply what they are learning in class. Coursework prepares the candidates for the internship, which takes place in PreK-12 instructional settings under the joint supervision of a local principal mentor and the Aurora University faculty supervisor.

Candidates will prepare to become principals and assistant principals as they learn how to:

  • Meet the instructional needs of all student populations
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Create and implement data-driven School Improvement Plans that increase student achievement
  • Hire, mentor and professionally develop staff
  • Supervise and evaluate certified and non-certified staff
  • Apply knowledge of leadership and organizational theory, systems management, and ethical behavior within the school and community they serve

“Scores of practicing school administrators have received their administrative certification and preparation through AU’s master’s programs,” said Wold. “With this approval, we will continue to be a significant provider of principal preparation experiences in the northern part of the state.”

For more information, visit or contact Andi Danis, Program Manager, at or 630-844-3857.