Admission Requirements

The items below are required for the application file to the Aurora University Principal Endorsement Program. Once all materials are received, applicants will be contacted with further instructions for the interview/portfolio portion of the application procedure.

All candidates seeking admission to the Principal Endorsement Program must:

  • Have a current Illinois professional educator license (early childhood, elementary, secondary, special K-12 or preschool-age 21)
  • Be in a current full-time teaching position and have two or more years of teaching experience in a PreK-12 setting
  • Pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test, TAP Test of Academic Proficiency or have an ACT Plus Writing composite score of 22 or higher

Admission Procedures:

  1. A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from the last degree earned: undergraduate degree indicating a GPA of 2.75 or higher or a graduate degree indicating a GPA of 3.0 or higher, both based on a 4.0 scale. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at AU-ETranscripts@aurora.edu.
  3. A current resume documenting required teaching and leadership experience.
  4. A recommendation from your current district superintendent, as well as a recommendation from your current building principal addressing all of the following:
    • Implementing data analysis skills, resulting in instructional revisions and increased student learning/achievement
    • Documenting strong oral/written communication and interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrating strong leadership skills in a current role or the capacity to assume a significant leadership role in the school and/or community environment
  5. Collect artifacts that you will bring to your interview that document the three areas addressed in the bulletpoints in #4.

Following receipt of the above documents, you will be required to attend an orientation and portfolio development seminar. Notification will be sent to you regarding required seminar dates and participating in the interview process.