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M.S.Ed. Program in Educational Leadership Admission Requirements

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

  1. A baccalaureate degree in a related field (e.g., teaching, school counseling, etc.) from an accredited college or university;
  2. A minimum 3.0 (B) Grade Point Average from a completed undergraduate degree program;
  3. New York State permanent or professional certification in classroom teaching, school counseling, school psychology, school social work, or the equivalent;
  4. A minimum of three years of successful P-12 teaching and/or school counseling, school psychology, or school social work experience;
  5. 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;
  6. A current resume detailing all past professional employment and any community or professional organization leadership positions, memberships, and service; and
  7. 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 satisfy the preliminary admissions requirements will be invited to a group interview.

Last modified: 8/4/2015