Take the next step in your education career with Aurora University's online Doctor of Education. The Advanced Standing: Leadership in Educational Administration program strand is designed for administrators who hold an Illinois Superintendent Endorsement and are ready to advance their careers in K–12 school district leadership through continued study. With this advanced standing program, you can complete your degree in as little as two years by transferring in previously earned credits from your Superintendent Endorsement.
As an AU Online student, you will research areas relevant to your practice as an educator and publish a final dissertation on an approved topic. AU Online students have a dissertation pass rate of 70–80%, surpassing the national average. The advanced standing strand includes 30 credits of research-related coursework, with students transferring in up to 30 credits to meet the 60-credit program completion requirement. Electives are available for students who transfer in fewer than 30 credits.
This program is delivered in a flexible online format ideal for education professionals balancing work, personal, and academic commitments. Our courses are led by experienced faculty, and the Aurora University School of Education programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), so you can be confident you're earning a valuable credential recognized for both rigor and quality.
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Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationMaster Degree
Statement of Purpose/Intent, Resume/CV, Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Official College Transcript(s), Interview, Essay/Writing Sample
Applicants must possess a valid Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Endorsement (or a similar endorsement from another state) and be employed as a school leader.