ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP -
SCHOOL BUILDING LEADER AND/OR SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADER
The Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership is a 30 credit post-master's program that leads to eligibility for New York State certification as a School District Leader (SDL) and/or School Building Leader (SBL). It also can assist the graduate in meeting the requirements for superintendent and principal in New Jersey.
As the role of educational leader becomes increasingly challenging, it is imperative that students develop theoretical concepts and practical skills in order to be reflective practitioners who promote social justice, create caring classrooms and school communities, and enable all children to be successful learners.
The pedagogical content of the courses integrates practice with theory. An internship experience, in collaboration with school/district leaders, is a central component throughout these programs. During the internship, emphasis is placed upon the following five areas - Administration/Organization/Business Management, School- Community Relations, Staff/Personnel Issues, Student Personnel Issues, and Curriculum & Instruction.
Courses emphasize critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving skills in order to prepare individuals who can be catalysts for school change and improved student performance. Coursework is designed to help students draw connections between theory and practice and focus on how to facilitate learning. The Educational Leadership graduate programs are committed to preparing candidates who demonstrate the nine essential characteristics of effective leaders, promoted by the New York State Education Department. Emphasis is placed upon the core domains of leadership and the ILSSC standards.