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Educational Leadership Graduate Programs

Lehman College offers a 30-credit Master of Science in Education degree program in Educational Leadership leading to New York State Initial Certification as a School Building Leader (SBL) and a 12-15-credit Advanced Educational Leadership/District Leader Extension Program leading to an Advanced Certificate and a Professional Certification as a School District Leader; and a 30-credit Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership leading to New York State Professional Certification as a School District Leader (SDL).

The purpose of the graduate programs in Educational Leadership is to prepare candidates for positions as School Building and School District Leaders, with an emphasis on urban leadership, and to fulfill the New York State licensure requirements for SBL and SDL. The programs unite both the development of schools and the development of educational leaders by preparing individuals who can be catalysts for school change and improved student performance.


The programs prepare students for positions of leadership (e.g., principals, department chairs, superintendents, and assistant superintendents) in urban schools with diverse populations. The curriculum is aligned with the New York State content-area requirements for programs preparing educational leaders, leading to certification as an SBL or SDL. The pedagogical content of the courses integrates practice with theory. Extensive field-based experiences, in collaboration with school and community agencies, are a central component throughout these programs. Candidates develop their skills and capacities as leaders through both on-campus and school-based experiences with current educational leaders, teachers, counselors, other educational staff, parents, and students. The courses emphasize critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving.

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, and are based, in part, on the School of Education's Lehman Urban Tranformative Education conceptual model, whose mission is to facilitate the development of competent, caring, and qualified educators.

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