MSed in Educational Leadership - Leading to Learning

As in all graduate programs at Pace, the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Educational Leadership - Leading to Learning (formerly School Building Leader) integrates theory with practice. The program is designed to provide future School Based Leaders with a sound knowledge base, enabling them to make thoughtful decisions for schools and various other educational settings.

The program is also designed to prepare candidates to be reflective practitioners who promote social justice, create caring classrooms and school communities and enable all students to be successful learners through the successful practice of educational leadership. In addition, it is designed to provide opportunities for all candidates to demonstrate competency in the Educational Leadership Constituent Council standards. Finally, it seeks to develop in all candidates the essential characteristics of school leaders, as defined by the New York State Department of Education.

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/Admission Requirements
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.

Degree Requirements
Core Courses (24 credits)
EEL 600 Community and Inclusive School Leadership (3)
EEL 603 Curriculum Development for School Leaders (3)
EEL 602 Technology and Data Management and Analysis (3)
EEL 601 Educational Law and School Leadership (3)
EEL 604 Supervision and the Improvement of Teaching and Learning (3)
EEL 605 Management of the Inclusive Setting (3)
EEL 607 Educational Budgeting (3)
EEL 612 Strategic Planning for Educational Leaders (3)
Required Internship (6 credits)
While the internship may be taken within one semester, it is highly recommended that the experience be taken over the entire school year. Candidates must contact their advisor early in the semester before they plan to register for the internship for advisement and preliminary materials.
EEL 696– Internships in Educational Administration (1.5–6)
Total Credits: 30