Educational Leadership

Department Overview

The Department of Educational Leadership offers programs at the graduate and post-graduate levels only. The Department of Educational Leadership houses graduate programs and certifications in the following areas:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Instructional Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL)

The Educational Leadership Department is committed to developing and educating aspiring and current leaders. The Educational Leadership Department serves local, national and international students, school and organizations through Doctoral programs, Masters of Science programs, Certifications, Graduate Teacher and Administrative Certificates (post-graduate program), Professional Development and other customized programs.

A. William Place, Ph.D., Chair
Department of Educational Leadership
Merion Hall 281
610-660-2913

aplace@sju.edu

Admission Requirements and Procedures

The Master of Science degree includes a Master of Science with a concentration in Educational Leadership geared towards school leaders, specifically Curriculum Supervisors, Special Education Supervisors, Principals, and Superintendents.  For students with a previous M.S. degree, Graduate Teacher and Administrative Certificates (post-graduate program) certification programs are offered in each of those same fields (Curriculum Supervisors, Special Education Supervisors, Principals, and Superintendents). 

The Master of Science degree with a concentration in Educational Leadership is a 36-credit professional degree that may also lead toward certification as a school supervisor (of curriculum and instruction in one’s certification area, including special education) or principal. Prior acceptance in the program, an informal phone interview is required. Students are advised to contact the Director of Educational Leadership graduate programs for all advising needs – including academic progress and compliance for certification – on a semester basis.

Students must be formally admitted to the Educational Leadership program for certification eligibility. Five years of teaching experience (minimum three by the time of acceptance in the program) or experience related to the instructional process is preferred.  A valid teaching certification or a chief school administrator’s verification of the completion of three years of relevant professional experience in an educational setting related to the instruction process must be included in the application materials. Students not seeking a certification and only seeking a Master's with a concentration in Educational Leadership do not need a valid teaching certification and/or five years of full-time teaching experience.

Since Spring 2012, this program is offered online, as well as face-to-face. The curriculum and program requirements are the same for all online and face-to-face students.

In order to be eligible for programs leading to certification within the Educational Leadership combination offerings, applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Application requirements are as follows:

  • A completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.
  • Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) in undergraduate work.
  • Personal statement – a 500 word statement of intention outlining how the applicant’s professional goals fit the stated goals and objectives of the Educational Leadership graduate programs.
  • Two letters of recommendations.
  • Copy of a valid teaching certificate.
  • Five years full-time teaching experience (minimum three by the time of acceptance in the program preferred)
  • An informal phone interview with the Graduate Programs Director.
  • $35 application fee.

Additional application requirements for the Principal Certification Program include the following portfolio items:

Two letters of recommendations from school district administrators; one of which must be from the applicant’s supervising administrator. Both letters must substantiate the candidate’s leadership potential and qualifications to become a school administrator.

Portfolio items:

  • Essay concerning how principals shape learning in their schools (500 words)
  • Resume that includes evidence of leadership potential (other leadership roles)
  • Applicant’s educational philosophy
  • A written description of a problem based learning activity

In addition, a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility is offered and all Pennsylvania Department of Education prerequisites must be met for admission.

Application Requirements for the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Program are as follows:

  • A completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.
  • Master’s degree.
  • Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) in graduate work.
  • Two letters of recommendations from school district administrators; one of which must be from the applicant’s supervising administrator. Both letters must substantiate the applicant’s leadership potential and qualifications to become an assistant/superintendent of schools
  • Copy of principal or supervisory certificate.
  • Six years of satisfactory professional certificated service of which three of the six years must have been in a certificated supervisory or administrative capacity.

Finally, professional development is offered via the Digital Teacher Professional Development Program. The Digital Teacher Professional Development consists of five courses that are designed to prepare classroom teachers for the successful and seamless integration of technology using the school district’s curriculum.