The administrative certificate is valid for supervising and administering in the public schools. The Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations in the College of Education offers three programs leading to a Type 75 certificate.
Principal/General Administration - This endorsement on a Type 75 certificate is required for principals, assistant principals, assistant or associate superintendents, and staff filling other similar positions. Candidates must have a teaching certificate and two years of full-time teaching experience. The NIU master's program (M.S.Ed.) program for principal/general administration endorsement requires 34 semester hours of coursework, including a two-semester internship with a portfolio as the culminating activity. At this time, the program is available only for degree candidates. Upon completion of the program, certification candidates must pass the state's principal/general administration content-area test.
Superintendent - The superintendent endorsement on a Type 75 certificate is required for anyone who wishes to serve as a local district superintendent in Illinois. To pursue the superintendent endorsement, candidates must possess a master's degree in education administration or its equivalent. The NIU program is available through a 33-semester-hour advanced study program leading to an Educational Specialist in Educational Administration degree (Ed.S.), or a 63-semester-hour Doctor of Education program in Educational Administration (Ed.D.). At this time, the certification program is available only for degree candidates. Upon completion of the program, certification candidates must pass the state's superintendent content-area test.
Chief School Business Official - This endorsement is required for individuals who want to serve as chief school business officials in local school districts. NIU offers a 39-semester-hour program leading to a Master of Science in School Business Management degree (M.S.Ed.); this program includes coursework, internship, and field experiences directly related to the school business management function. The university also offers a certification-only program for candidates who already hold master's degrees in business administration, finance, or accounting or master's or doctorate degrees in educational administration. Neither program requires certification as a teacher. Upon completion of the chosen program, certification candidates must pass the state's chief school business official content-area test.
For additional information on these programs, contact the relevant program advisor.