Principal Preparation at UIC

Every day, principals from UIC's EdD program are changing the lives of children who live in underserved communities.

Why UIC's EdD Program?

Every day, principals from UIC's EdD program are changing the lives of children who live in underserved communities.

The renowned faculty accept only the most talented, driven, dedicated educators join them in learning how to transform struggling schools in high poverty, minority neighborhoods. UI principal success in improving student learning has been recognized by such leading organizations as the Council of Great City Schools, the University Council on Education Leadership, and the Alliance to Reform Education Leadership.

Three pillars support the EdD program's curriculum — rigor, residency and coaching. Faculty aim for length and breadth of both practice and intellectual development.

The program's candidates are known for their exceptionally high rate of success on the Chicago Public Schools Principal Eligibility Assessment and they have a 98% placement in Chicago Public Schools and surrounding districts. No other higher education program has ever reported comparable percentages of graduates taking leadership positions, particularly in 100% high-need schools.

We believe no one produces better leaders than UIC's EdD program.

The results show it:

  • Forty-seven urban elementary schools are now led by UIC principals. These principals are closing the achievement gap and improving standardized student performance faster than the state average
  • The average UIC-led high school outperforms CPS average gains in freshmen-on-track, annual drop-out rate, attendance and graduation rates.
  • Five UIC-led elementary schools were named on the Chicago Sun-Times "Top 20" list and TEAM Englewood was named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School. 
  • In 2012, the UIC-trained principal of Infinity Math, Science and Technology High School led the creation of professional learning systems that resulted in advancing Infinity from a Level 3 School on Probation in 2009 to its status as Level 1 School in Excellent Standing. The school received 77% of the points awarded on the CPS School Performance Policy.
  • Also in 2012, the UIC-trained principal of Multicultural Academy of Scholarship (MAS) led it from probationary status to Level 2 Good Standing. Under her leadership, student attendance rose to 92% and the Freshman-on-Track rate skyrocketed from 78% to 95%, placing MAS in the top ten of all CPS high schools.