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North Central College will transition Educational Leadership degree program to online format


Above / Located on the campus of North Central College, Myron Wentz Center for Health Sciences & Engineering was dedicated in October 2021. 

North Central College’s School of Education and Health Sciences and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies recently received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education to transition its Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program to a 100 percent online delivery format. Beginning Spring 2023, the first course in the program, MEDU 500, will be presented virtually. The remaining coursework will be transitioned to online each subsequent semester.

Illinois previously required a 51 percent face-to-face delivery format for educators seeking principal endorsement. Lifting the face-to-face requirement enables North Central to reach out to a wider audience to provide services to educators across Illinois, including those working in rural areas.

“One thing the COVID pandemic taught us is that we can offer a rigorous, relevant and robust program of principal preparation through the variety of systems available for 100 percent online learning,” said Dr. Bruce A. Spitzer, chair of the department of education at North Central College. “Our program will be a unique combination of asynchronous online work coupled with scheduled virtual class meetings. Candidates will get to know one another and continue to develop those important professional relationships and cohort-based friendships just as if they were taking on campus courses.”

North Central College is committed to inspiring well-equipped, principled and responsible leaders. Through a 4.5-year, $3.2 million grant—the College’s largest private grant ever—North Central has launched character initiatives designed to have a lasting impact on educators, aspiring leaders and administrators. These initiatives focus on social, emotional and ethical competencies with an ultimate goal of nurturing and fostering cultures of character in the school systems in which they serve.

For more information about the College’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program, visit https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/master-educational-leadership.

North Central College since 1861

North Central College provides students with the confidence, instruction and direction they need to exceed their personal best inside and outside of the classroom and throughout their careers. Founded in 1861 and located just 28 miles west of Chicago in the Historic District of Naperville, Ill.—named among the nation’s “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine—North Central is home to 2,800 students and offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, 60 additional undergraduate minors and concentrations, and 13 graduate degree programs.

Visit northcentralcollege.edu to discover why U.S. News & World Report has named North Central a “Best in the Midwest” school for 28 years in a row, and to learn more about the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and distinctive programs, particularly in the sciences and business.

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