Contact the Educational Leadership Program

Director: Diane Reed
Email: dreed@sjfc.edu
Phone: (585) 385-7257

Requirements for Educational Leadership Programs

The Master of Science in Education: Educational Leadership requires 24 hours of course work plus 8 hours of internships (32 total credit hours).


Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current educational leadership program requirements, including course descriptions.


Educational Leadership Degree Requirements for School Building Leader

  • GEDA 560 - Achieving Standards of Excellence (3)
  • GEDA 561 - Leadership by Collaboration (3)
  • GEDA 562 - Internship I (2)
  • GEDA 563 - Planning for School and District Assessment and Improvement (3)
  • GEDA 564 - Improving Instruction and Learning (3)
  • GEDA 565 - Internship II (2)
  • GEDA 566 - Developing Effective Partnerships (3)
  • GEDA 567 - Effective Communication (3)
  • GEDA 568 - Internship III (2)
  • GEDA 569 - Accountability, Assessment, and Performance (3)
  • GEDA 570 - Producing and Sustaining School Improvement (3)
  • GEDA 571 - Internship IV (2)

Educational Leadership Degree Requirements for School Building Leader/School District Leader

  • GEDA 560 - Achieving Standards of Excellence (3)
  • GEDA 561 - Leadership by Collaboration (3)
  • GEDA 562 - Internship I (2)
  • GEDA 563 - Planning for School and District Assessment and Improvement (3)
  • GEDA 564 - Improving Instruction and Learning (3)
  • GEDA 565 - Internship II (2)
  • GEDA 566 - Developing Effective Partnerships (3)
  • GEDA 567 - Effective Communication (3)
  • GEDA 568 - Internship III (2)
  • GEDA 569 - Accountability, Assessment, and Performance (3)
  • GEDA 570 - Producing and Sustaining School Improvement (3)
  • GEDA 571 - Internship IV (2)

Total: 32 credits

Successful completion of the School District Leader Assessment is a New York State requirement for earning a Master of Science in Education Degree with a specialty in Educational Leadership.

Capstone Project

The capstone project is an integral part of the program. The purpose of the capstone project is to provide candidates with an opportunity to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to provide effective leadership in a variety of complex and diverse school settings. The project should reflect the standards in the candidate’s program of study and demonstrate that the candidate has a clear understanding of the School of Education's conceptual framework of social justice and the five interlocking tenets of diversity, compassion, knowledge, service, and achievement. Where possible, the candidate should demonstrate or provide evidence that he or she has acquired facility in the use of technology and information literacy to support instruction and learning. The project requires candidates to complete a portfolio of their best work and make an oral presentation using various technologies on a topic that focuses on the state and national standards for effective school/district leadership, including but not limited to: Effective Leadership Behavior; School/District Assessment; Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity; Improving Student Achievement; Oral and Written Communication; Parent and Community Participation; and Staff Evaluation and Professional Development.

A review panel comprised of the Educational Leadership faculty and successful practitioners will evaluate the capstone project. The role of the review panel is to assess the extent to which each candidate demonstrates the essential skills, knowledge, and values of effective leadership based on New York State and national standards. The review categories include: Technical Aspects; Instructional/Programmatic Factors; Interpersonal/Human Relations; Conceptual Issues; Values; and Leadership. Course professors will provide written feedback to each candidate on his or her strengths and areas needing improvement. Successful completion of the project is a program requirement.

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