Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Freddie A. Banks, Jr.


This study focused on the supply of and demand for educational administrators in Illinois. Practicing administrators and students in educational administration classes in Illinois colleges and universities were surveyed to determine forthcoming retirement patterns and to determine if the pool of potential candidates for positions created by those retirements is adequate. Factors which facilitate change, as well as those that inhibit change, were also assessed for each of the two groups surveyed. Survey results were analyzed using descriptive statistics and correlational procedures. The findings of the study support references being made to the possibility of an impending shortage of administrators for public schools in the coming decade. Recommendations were provided that could be used as ideas for future studies related to the topic of this field experience focusing on administrative supply and demand.