Educational Leadership and Administration

The Master of Science degree with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Administration is a 30-credit master’s program for aspiring education leaders that can be pursued in conjunction with one or more of the following PA certifications: Administrative I Principal PK-12, Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor PK-12, and/or Supervisory I Special Education PK-12. Through the lens of equity, program participants learn to lead with their mind and heart to solve the complex educational challenges of the 21st Century. Candidates will understand the role of theory in transforming practice, communicating effectively, fostering school-community collaboration, and understanding schools as professional communities.

Courses can be taken entirely online, face-to-face, or a combination of both - with the exception of the Special Education courses and the fieldwork, which are offered in a hybrid format. The curriculum and program requirements are the same for all online and face-to-face students.

Prospective and current students are encouraged to contact the Educational Leadership Graduate Advisor (edlgraduate.advising@sju.edu) before enrolling in courses every semester.

Learning Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of Educational Leadership content, theory and practices.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of and professional leadership skills in developing a strong, positive school culture to ensure PK-12 student success.

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to manage democratically the school organization, operations and resources for effective results.

Goal 4: Students will demonstrate knowledge of policies, laws and regulations and apply the principles of integrity, equity and fairness in effectively advocating for children and public education.

M.S. Educational Leadership & Administration (no certification)

The 30-credits M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration without PA certification program is designed for aspiring education leaders interested in leading educational organizations or programs affiliated with schools or simply interested in learning more about educational leadership. This program does not lead toward PA certification and does not involve fieldwork. Students completing this program, however, can apply most of these courses toward the Principal certification, the Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor certification and/or the Special Education Supervisor certification. Application to this program does not require a valid teaching certification.

This program requires the completion of the following eight (8) 3-credit courses and two (2) 3-credit electives (any EDL, EDU, SPE or ODL graduate course approved by the director of the program). 

EDL 600Leadership for Social Justice3
EDL 660Data-Informed Assessment3
EDL 665Transformational Leadership3
EDL 670Human Resources & Prof Growth3
EDL 680School Law, Policy, and Ethics3
EDL 685Leading School Curriculum3
EDL 690Equitable Fiscal Allocation3
SPE 622Admin & Supv:Spec Ed Progs3
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M.S. Educational Leadership & Administration (with Administrative I Principal PK-12 & Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor PK-12 certifications)

The 30-credit M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration with PA certification with Administrative I Principal PK-12 & Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor PK-12 certifications program is designed for aspiring school administrators interested in becoming equity-minded transformative educational leaders in the PK-12 settings.

Upon completion of the program, students can apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to obtain the Administrative I Principal PK-12 & Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor PK-12 certifications.

This program requires the completion of eight (8) 3-credit courses and two (2) 3-credit internships: 

EDL 600Leadership for Social Justice3
EDL 660Data-Informed Assessment3
EDL 665Transformational Leadership3
EDL 670Human Resources & Prof Growth3
EDL 680School Law, Policy, and Ethics3
EDL 685Leading School Curriculum3
EDL 690Equitable Fiscal Allocation3
EDL 695Internship I: Leaders/Action3
EDL 696Internship II: Leaders/Action3
SPE 622Admin & Supv:Spec Ed Progs3

M.S. Educational Leadership & Administration (with Supervisory I Special Education PK-12 Certification)

The 30-credit MS in Educational Leadership and Administration with PA Supervisor I Special Education PK-12 certification is designed for special education teachers interested in becoming supervisors of special education in PK-12 settings.

Upon completion of the program, students can apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to obtain the Supervisor I Special Education PK-12 certification.

This program requires the completion of the following eight (8) 3-credit courses and two (2) 3-credit fieldworks: 

EDL 600Leadership for Social Justice3
EDL 660Data-Informed Assessment3
EDL 665Transformational Leadership3
EDL 670Human Resources & Prof Growth3
EDL 685Leading School Curriculum3
EDL 690Equitable Fiscal Allocation3
SPE 621Law, Pol & Proced for SE Sup3
SPE 622Admin & Supv:Spec Ed Progs3
SPE 623Advanced Fieldwork/Seminar3
SPE 624Adv Super & Curr Fieldwk/Sem3

M.S. Educational Leadership & Administration (with Administrative I Principal PK-12 Certification, Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor PK-12 Certification & Supervisor I Special Education PK-12 Certification)

The 39-credit MS in Educational Leadership and Administration with Administrative I Principal PK-12, Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor PK-12 & Supervisor I Special Education PK-12 is a program designed for aspiring educational leaders interested in becoming school administrators, curriculum and instruction supervisors and supervisors of special education in PK-12 settings.

This program requires the completion of the following nine (9) 3-credit courses and four (4) 3-credit internship/fieldworks: 

EDL 600Leadership for Social Justice3
EDL 660Data-Informed Assessment3
EDL 665Transformational Leadership3
EDL 670Human Resources & Prof Growth3
EDL 680School Law, Policy, and Ethics3
EDL 685Leading School Curriculum3
EDL 690Equitable Fiscal Allocation3
EDL 695Internship I: Leaders/Action3
EDL 696Internship II: Leaders/Action3
SPE 621Law, Pol & Proced for SE Sup3
SPE 622Admin & Supv:Spec Ed Progs3
SPE 623Advanced Fieldwork/Seminar3
SPE 624Adv Super & Curr Fieldwk/Sem3