School of Education, Educational Leadership, MSEd

For: Future administrators with at least three years of teaching experience in a K-12 setting or the equivalent before completion of the program.

What you learn: Candidates obtain the knowledge base and licensure preparation to lead schools and other educational settings.

How you learn: This 30-credit master’s program includes 24 credits in Educational Leadership and an internship experience. The supervised internship experience provides a range and depth of administrative and supervisory experiences under a practicing school administrator. The program is registered by the New York State Education Department and leads to School Building Leader (SBL) certification in New York State.

Career outcomes: Completion of the program satisfies the academic requirements for New York State Certification as a School-Based Leader. Candidates must also pass a New York State Teacher Certification Examination to obtain the SBL Certificate. Graduates of the program have accepted positions as administrative assistants, assistant principals, chairpersons, and principals.

Prerequisites: Candidates must hold a baccalaureate from an accredited institution of higher education or from an institution authorized by the Board of Regents to confer degrees. They must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of the dean, graduate faculty admissions committee or the director of Student Support Services, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully). Candidates must possess a permanent or professional certificate in classroom teaching service or pupil personnel service, or demonstrate the potential for instructional leadership based on prior experiences, in accordance with the criteria established by the Commissioner’s Regulations. In general, candidates must have three years of teaching experience or the equivalent in a K-12 setting (they may be concurrent with degree study); appropriate non-educational leadership experiences may be substituted. Candidates must provide at least three letters of recommendation, including one for the district superintendent of schools, chief executive officer of the school district, their principal, or their immediate administrative supervisor. The letters must provide evidence that the candidate has demonstrated the potential to become an educational leader possessing the nine essential characteristics. Candidates will provide a personal statement in which they describe their potential to become education leaders possessing the nine essential characteristics and provide evidence of that potential in a discussion of their prior professional experiences.

Master of Science in Education- Education Leadership

New York City


Required Core Courses (24 credits)


EDL 614

The Community And School Leadership


EDL 636

Supervision and the Improvement of Teaching and Learning


EDL 637

Curriculum Workshop for School Leaders


EDL 645

Management and Educational Leadership


EDL 646

Fundamentals of Educational Administration


Required Internship (6 credits) While the Internship may be taken within one semester (EDL 695), it is highly recommended that the experience be taken over the entire school year (EDL 696/697). On rare occasions, the Internship may be offered over the summer. Candidates must contact their advisor early in the semester BEFORE he/she plans to register for the internship for advisement and preliminary materials.

EDL 695

Internship in Educational Administration



EDL 696
EDL 697

Internship in Educational Administration
Internship in Educational Administration


Elective Educational Leadership Courses
* (18 credits)
Candidates will select four courses from the following list to meet the 12-credit requirement.

EDL 642

Administrative Technology


EDL 643

Grants and Evaluation Strategies


EDL 648

School Law


EDL 656

Strategic Planning For Educational Leaders


EDL 673C

Shared Decision Making


EDL 673L

Crisis Management


*While it is preferred that all electives be in educational leadership, it is possible to take other graduate electives. This must be approved in advance by the candidate’s adviser. The main consideration for the approval will be the relevance of each course to the candidate’s career goals.

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