School District Business Leader Program

Professionals who want to help shape public education by taking on non-instructional leadership positions to successfully manage public schools’ various business
What You Learn
The Pace University School District Business Leader program prepares flexible, visionary and reflective school business leaders with the skills necessary to create and sustain financial and operational functions within a school district to help ensure the quality of learning for all students. Instruction is predominantly online and participants will work with a cohort of peers within a professional network.
How You Learn
The program was developed by the School of Education faculty at Pace University and is offered in partnership with the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Center for Educational Leadership. The program, which is offered online, requires active involvement and provides ongoing feedback to support student learning and skill development. There are multiple opportunities for group interaction through Blackboard’s “Discussion Board,”  and the weekly synchronous sessions using Blackboard Collaborate. Students will be part of an online learning community who share similar interests and career goals.
Career Outcomes
The role of a School District Business Leader is becoming increasingly important in a new era of unprecedented public scrutiny and calls for accountability in the management of our schools and the resources to educate our youth. Both tracks of this program will prepare candidates and graduates for the challenges and requirements for New York State certification as a School District Business Leader. Career possibilities include roles in certificated positions such as assistant superintendent.
The Programs
There are two pathways for School District Business Leader certification:
For candidates who hold a master’s degree (in education, business or other fields), this 36-credit program will lead to a master’s degree in educational leadership, specializing in School District Business Leadership. This program consists of a five semester program (two academic years and a summer) and includes a 600-hour internship (six credits of the program). Candidates will be required to successfully complete the required New York State Certification Examination for School District Business Leader.
Candidates who do not currently hold a master’s degree will take this 60-credit track to earn an MSEd in Educational Leadership and an MPA in Public Administration, with both degrees awarded at the end of the program. The degree coursework, together with a 600-hour internship will qualify successful candidates for New York State Certification as a School District Business Leader.
Schedule & Tuition
A new cohort of the School District Business Leader Program will begin September 2014.
Discounted Tuition for this program will reflect a 20% reduction of Pace University tuition.
To request an application packet, respond with your mailing address to:
Michelle Marello
The Center for Educational Leadership
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
(914) 248-3867
Or contact:
Thomas P. Higgins Jr., EdD.
Educational Leadership Program Coordinator
Pace University School of Education
(914) 773-3780