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Advanced Educational Leadership/District Leader Extension Program Admission Requirements

Note: Students admitted every fall semester; applications due by March 1.

Admission Requirements for the Advanced Educational Leadership/District Leader Extension Program (leading to SDL certification):

  1. A master's degree in educational leadership from an accredited college or university (applicants may be required to take additional leadership courses pending transcript evaluation). (Applicants who possess a master's degree in a related field (e.g., teaching, school counseling, etc.) may be considered, depending on their current or prior leadership experience, as well as their career objectives. Such individuals may be required to take additional leadership courses pending transcript evaluation.)
  2. A minimum of 48 graduate credits (applicants may be required to take additional credits to meet minimum credit requirement);
  3. A minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average from a completed graduate degree program;
  4. New York State initial or professional certification as a School Building Leader or the equivalent;
  5. New York State permanent or professional certification in classroom teaching, school counseling, school psychology, or school social work or the equivalent;
  6. A minimum of three years of successful N-12 experience as a leader, teacher, counselor, psychologist, or social worker;
  7. Three letters of recommendation: at least one must be from a current or former school site supervisor who can best evaluate the candidate's potential as a district leader, and at least one must be from a faculty member from prior studies who can best evaluate the candidate's potential for success as a graduate student;
  8. A current resume detailing all past professional employment and any community or professional organization leadership positions, memberships, and service; and
  9. A 1000-word essay that discusses the following: a) reasons for wanting to pursue a certification as a school district leader; b) candidate's philosophy on outstanding urban educational leadership, including the specific characteristics that contribute to effective leadership; c) current assessment of the state of educational leadership in urban schools, including what appears to be the greatest challenges and suggestions for overcoming these challenges; and d) brief analysis of a current educational policy, discussing its pros/cons and its impact on urban districts.

Candidates who satisfy the preliminary admissions requirements will be invited to a group interview.

Last modified: 11/20/2014