Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online

Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online at Loyola

The Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online program offered through Loyola University Chicago's School of Education will provide you with the necessary breadth and depth of training to successfully transition into the role of school principal.

Through our comprehensive curriculum, emphasis on the key principles of school leadership, and experienced faculty mentors, you will be empowered to positively impact the lives of students, teachers, and your school community as a whole.

Earn your EdD with Loyola's nationally esteemed School of Education, ranked in the top 3 graduate education schools in Chicago (2025), and accelerate your career as a principal.

Program Structure

The Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online program can be pursued part-time. All classes are held online.

To be admitted into this 72-credit-hour program, you must be a practicing teacher or administrator with at least two years of work experience in the field. Most students finish the EdD program in four years, but you can take up to seven years.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Principal Endorsement EdD?

You will benefit from Loyola's comprehensive EdD program that focuses on four core areas: partnerships with districts and communities, scholarly inquiry, facilitation of greater access to quality schooling, and commitment to continuous improvement.

A proven legacy of successful outcomes

You will earn your degree from a program that boasts both a 100% pass rate on the content exam for ISBE licensure for principal preparation and a 100% job placement rate.

You will learn alongside fellow educators looking to transition to the role of principal, forming close bonds and expanding your professional network in education.

You will gain real-world experience through an internship and capstone project, enhancing your overall preparation for your future career as a principal.

Loyola's Jesuit tradition and emphasis on issues related to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion will add a rich dimension to your learning experience and set you apart.

You will be mentored and advised by Loyola's respected faculty of experienced school leaders who will provide you with guidance every step of the way.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online totals $73800.00, or 72 (please note that students may transfer in 24 credit hours from a master's degree) credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

School of Education Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for detailed information about eligible scholarships.

More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Whether you’re just beginning your search, in the midst of the application process, or eager to explore our graduate and professional programs, our admissions staff is here to assist you every step of the way.

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The School of Education offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Priority: February 1
Final: April 15

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement EdD Online include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Licensure

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Work Experience

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 1-3 pages and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice. This should include any research and professional experiences as well as how you have demonstrated transformational leadership throughout your P-12 experience.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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