Concordia University Chicago Partnership Program

Earn Your Doctoral Degree Through a Partnership with Concordia University Chicago
Concordia.jpgIllinois ASBO and Concordia University Chicago have partnered to provide doctoral studies in Educational Leadership. This program has been designed especially with the needs of school business officials in mind. Choose to study, in-person, online of through a hybrid format!

The Concordia University Chicago 
Department of Leadership is at the forefront in providing educators with quality, relevant, and current graduate education, which enhances the leadership of public and nonpublic teachers and administrators as they positively impact schools. This program leads to an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with the option of endorsement as a superintendent.

Key Benefits

  • Earn your Ed.D. or Ph.D. –  Depending on your goals, choose the Ed.D., (Practitioner) or Ph.D. (Researcher) track. Earning a Ph.D. requires an additional six hours of study in research and statistics.
  • Study in a hybrid format – The combination of online and face-to-face class options provides flexibility to working professionals without losing the opportunity to engage with others in person.
  • Get a Superintendent Endorsement and/or Professional Educator License (PEL) – During the second year of studies there are two chances to complete the Illinois Superintendent Exam. You can also choose to apply for your PEL.
  • Benefit from experienced faculty — Learn from distinguished school practitioners and researchers in business, instruction, leadership and more.
If you are interested in beginning your doctoral studies in August 2021, get in touch with Lindsay Plath to communicate your interest.


For More Information, Please Contact:

Illinois ASBO Contact (for application questions)

Lindsay Plath, CMP
Sr. Professional Development Coordinator
(815) 753-9350

Concordia Contact (for class/program questions)

Deborah A. Ness
Assistant Vice President
Office of Graduate Student Services and Admission
Concordia University Chicago
(708) 209-3115

Concordia Program Information

Why Choose Concordia? 

Concordia University Chicago is a leader in graduate education. Their accredited, highly ranked, on-campus, cohort and online programs can help you achieve your education and career goals.

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Sample Course Sequence

Look at a sample course schedule for an Ed.D. Student.

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Admission Requirements & Application Information

Learn what you need to know to apply for the program. 

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Jennifer Hermes

From an Insider Perspective

After looking for at least five years, I finally found a doctoral program that aligned perfectly with what I wanted to achieve! For me, the partnership with Illinois ASBO was key because it meant that my fellow cohort members would come from a similar background and base of knowledge.

This program has re-opened my eyes to higher level views and allowed me to engage in high level discussions.”

– Jennifer J. Hermes
Chief Operation Officer, CSBO, Lake Forest SD 67 & 115