Educational Leadership & Administration


Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership

This 30-credit program prepares you for an administrative post in K-12 public and private school systems. Through an advanced curriculum you will receive the training and credentials needed to qualify for New York State certification as both a school building leader and a school district leader. Upon completion of the coursework, students must pass the New York State School Leadership Assessment.

Course offerings include topics in leadership, supervision, law and curricular concerns in public school administration, as well as district administrative problems and solutions. Under the mentorship of a school administrator, students will complete a 400-hour, hands-on administrative internship. Candidates for this program must possess a master’s degree, permanent teaching certificate and three years of teaching under such certification.

Program Curriculum

Required Courses

Administration Core Courses

EDL 630

Administrative Core I


EDL 631

Administrative Core II


Elective Courses

EDL 632

Curricular Concerns in Public School Administration


EDL 635

School Law


EDL 636

Public School Finance


EDL 637

Supervisor in the School Setting 


EDL 641

School District Administration


Required Educational Leadership Internship

EDL 651

Internship in School Administration -

Advanced Certificate


Credits and GPA Requirements

Minimum Total Credits: 30

Minimum Major GPA: 3:00


EDL 630 Administrative Core I
This course presents a balanced viewpoint of theory
and practice in analyzing current issues in
administration. This sequence includes three
interrelated areas within the field of school
administration. They are: human relations,
leadership and school-community relations.
Credits: 6
All Sessions

EDL 631 Administrative Core II
The goals of this course are to have students
become wise consumers of educational research and
develop the skills, knowledge, and abilities to
understand data, incorporate analytical evidence in
executive decisions, and communicate decisions to
stakeholders. Core II may be taken before Core I.
Pre requisites: EDL 630 or permission from Dept.
Credits: 3

All Sessions

EDL 632 Curricular Concerns in Public School


This course is a study of curricular concerns and administrator decision-making.  Major topics include administering programmatic change, understanding theories of curriculum and instruction and addressing current curriculum issues related to regional, state and federal policy.

Credits: 3

All Sessions

EDL 635 School Law

This course is a study of the major topics of law
related to public schools. Areas of concentration
include sources of the law; scope of the law; law and
the organization for public education; pupils,
employees and school law; school officers and the law; theory of governmental non-liability; liability and individual members of the board; and personal liability of school employees.

Credits: 3

All Sessions

EDL 636 Public School Finance

This course is a study of public school finance. Major topics include: the development of public school finance in the United States; principles of school finance; revenues; expenditures and indebtedness; fiscal problems; fiscal control; and school support formulas.

Prerequisites of EDL 631 is required.

Credits: 3

All Sessions

EDL 637 Supervisor In School Setting

This course is a study of the major components of school supervision.  Areas of concentration include: the nature of the supervisory process, functions of the supervisor; principles of supervision; leadership styles of supervisors; procedures used by the supervisor; the supervision of teachers; and the evaluation of the supervisor.

Credits: 3

Every Semester

EDL 641 School District Administration: Problems and Issues

This course is a study of the role and
responsibilities of the school district administrator
in a school system. Major topics include:
organizational, professional and legal issues in
school district administration; the school district
administrator and organizational decision- making;
emerging responsibilities in working relationships
among school district administrators and the board
and community; critical economic, political and
social issues confronting educational leadership.
Credits: 3
All Sessions

EDL 651 Internship in School Administration-
Advanced Certificate Level
During the internship, the six major core areas are
reintroduced, providing a synthesizing experience for the student.  Practical applications of systematic observation and participation in administrative and supervisory activities are provided at the school district level.  Permission of the Chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration is required to enroll in this course.  Prerequisites of EDL 630 and a Prerequisite or Co-requisite of EDL 631 are required.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring


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