Educational Leadership

Eight graduate program options are available in educational leadership:

Master of Science Degree in School Building Leader leading to Initial/Professional Certification as a School Building Leader – 30-33 credits: Designed to prepare individuals for school building leadership roles such as principals and assistant principals

Master of Science Degree in School Building Leader and School District Leader

  • Leading to Initial/Professional Certification as a School Building Leader and Professional Certification as a School District Leader – 39-42 credits: Designed to prepare individuals for school building leadership roles such as principals and assistant principals and school district leadership roles such as superintendents and assistant superintendents
  • Non-certification – 39-42 credits: For those not interested in applying for certification in New York State. It is designed to prepare individuals for school building leadership roles such as principals and assistant principals and school district leadership roles such as superintendents and assistant superintendents.

Master of Science Degree in School District Leader

  • Leading to Professional Certification as a School District Leader – 30 credits: For those who already hold a master’s degree and leads to professional certification as a school district leader. It is designed to prepare individuals for school district leadership roles such as superintendents and assistant superintendents.
  • Non-certification program – 30 credits: For those not interested in applying for certification in New York State. It is designed to prepare individuals for school district leadership roles such as superintendents and assistant superintendents.

Advanced Certificate in School Building Leader leading to Initial/Professional Certification as a School building Leader – 18-21 credits: For those who already hold a master’s degree in teacher education, educational leadership, or pupil personnel services.

Advanced Diploma in School District Leader

  • Leading to Professional Certification as a School District Leader – 12-15 credits: For those who already have completed a master’s degree and/or a total of 45-48 graduate credits in teacher education, educational leadership, or pupil personnel services.
  • (Alternative Certificate-Transitional D) leading to Professional Certification as a School District Leader – 30 credits: For exceptionally qualified individuals from other fields who already hold a master’s degree and are able to demonstrate the nine essential characteristics of effective leaders as a result of exemplary prior service for at least three years in a leadership position. This program leads to professional certification as School District Leader.

Programs of study are available for students who wish to earn both a Master’s degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, or both a Master’s degree and an Advanced Diploma. Students applying for Educational Leadership Programs will need to complete the Identification and Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Maltreatment and the School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop if they have not already done so. For exceptionally qualified individuals (Transitional D), up to six credits may be granted for prior learning and/or for exemplary district leadership experience as determined by assessment and record review conducted by the Dean. The candidate’s academic transcript will state all graduate credit that the program has granted for prior learning experiences.

The Educational Leadership Program

The philosophy and goals of the programs in educational leadership are in concert with the “Mission Statement” of The College of New Rochelle and the “Aims of the Graduate School”. As such, these programs provide for the broad development of individual students with programs emphasizing high academic standards. The programs in educational leadership prepare school personnel to function as lead teachers, educational consultants, mentors, staff development specialists, department chairpersons, assistant principals, principals, pupil personnel directors, assistant superintendents, and superintendents.
These programs seek to develop the necessary leadership qualities in students that will prepare them to be effective, motivational, and visionary school leaders of tomorrow. These qualities include the following essential characteristics of leadership set forth by the New York State Education Department:

  • Leaders know and understand what it means and what it takes to be a leader;
  • Leaders have a vision for schools that they constantly share and promote;
  • Leaders communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Leaders collaborate and cooperate with others;
  • Leaders persevere and take the “long view”;
  • Leaders support, develop, and nurture staff;
  • Leaders hold themselves and others responsible and accountable;
  • Leaders never stop learning and honing their skills;
  • Leaders have the courage to take informed risks.

These programs also envision school leaders to have social responsibilities that extend beyond their institution to a wider community. Knowledge and skills are acquired through traditional instructional techniques, as well as through the utilization of active learning experiences such as simulations, case studies, field work in varied schools and settings that include inter agency collaboration, and internships under practicing administrators. All program courses are aligned with the New York State Leadership Standards. The full-time and adjunct faculty includes current and former superintendents, assistant superintendents, school principals, and building and district administrators who are role models for our students.

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