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Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) Program (30 Credits)

Program Overview

The purpose of the M.S.Ed. Program in Educational Leadership is to prepare candidates for positions as School Building Leaders (SBL), with an emphasis on urban leadership, and to fulfill the New York State licensure requirements for SBL. The program unites 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 program prepares students for positions of leadership (e.g., principals, assistant principals, department chairs, etc.) 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. 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 this program. 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 M.S.Ed. Program in Educational Leadership is 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 Transformative Education conceptual framework, whose mission is to facilitate the development of competent, caring, and qualified educators.

Advising Worksheet: MSEd 30 Credit (School Building Leader)

The following is a listing, by semester, of the courses that comprise the M.S.Ed. Program in Educational Leadership. The M.S.Ed.  program can be completed in approximately 5 semesters.

Semester I (fall): (6 credits)

  • EDL 701: The Principal as a School Building Leader (3 credits)
  • EDL 703: Collaborative and Community-Based Leadership (3 credits)

Semester II (spring): (6 credits)

  • EDL 702: Ethics in School Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDL 704: Instructional and Curriculum Leadership (3 credits)

Semester III (summer): (6 credits)

  • EDL 706: Legal and Economic Issues and the Administration of Schools (3 credits) 
  • EDL 708: Research, Assessment, and Data-Driven Decision Making (3 credits

Semester IV (fall): (6 credits)

  • EDL 707: Creating Effective and Supportive Learning Environments for All Students (3 credits)
  • EDL 711: The Leadership Experience II– Building Level (internship/seminar –3 credits)

Semester V (spring): (6 credits)

  • EDL 709: Case Studies in School Building Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDL 710: The Leadership Experience I – Building Level (internship/seminar, 3 credits.)


  • Most courses require that students participate in six hours of leadership experiences in schools and/or districts, over the course of the semester, in addition to the internship courses. 

Admission Requirements

Note: Students admitted every fall semester.

  • A baccalaureate degree in a related field (e.g., teaching, school counseling, etc.) from an accredited college or university; 
  • A minimum 3.0 (B) Grade Point Average from a completed undergraduate degree program;
  • New York State permanent or professional certification in classroom teaching, school counseling, school psychology, school social work, or the equivalent;
  • A minimum of three years of successful P-12 teaching and/or school counseling, school psychology, or school social work experience;
  • 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 P-12 principal, 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;
  • A current resume detailing all past professional employment and any community or professional organization leadership positions, memberships, and service; and
  • A 1,000-word essay that discusses the following: a) reasons for wanting to pursue a degree and certification as a school building leader; b) candidate's philosophy on excellence in urban educational leadership, including the specific characteristics that contribute to effective leadership; and 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.
  • Candidates who do not hold an Initial certificate AND master’s degree must submit scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) revised general test, i.e., verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. There is no minimum score that guarantees admission; all components of the application are taken into consideration.
  • Candidates who satisfy the preliminary admissions requirements will be invited to a group interview.

Continuation Requirements

  • If conditions were placed on initial matriculation, all conditions must be met by the completion of the first 12 credits;
  • 24 credits in Educational Leadership courses with a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average, a completed internship supervision agreement signed by the P-12 Internship Site Supervisor, and permission of the Program Coordinator are required prior to placement in EDL 710 (The Leadership Experience I) and EDL 711 (The Leadership Experience II); and
  • Demonstrated evidence of ethics, as well as instructional leadership, organizational, administrative, and collaborative skills, through school-based projects.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 30 approved graduate credits of study in educational leadership;
  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B); and
  • Successful completion of 400 internship hours.


  • In order to receive institutional recommendation by Lehman College for New York State certification in SBL, students must complete all program requirements and submit proof that all New York State Education Department-mandated workshops have been completed.
  • Candidates who apply for initial certification in School Building Leader on or after May 1, 2014, will be required to take the Revised School Building Leader Assessment (SBL) and Educating All Students Test (EAS). Candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014, but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, will also be required to pass the Revised School Building Leader Assessment (SBL) and Educating All Students Test (EAS). Please visit the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations website for most updated information about the new tests.


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