Educational Leadership Programs

Sister Remigia Kushner, Ph.D.
Program Director

The Educational Leadership programs at Manhattan College are based on

  • NYS knowledge and skills for School Building Leaders (SBL), School District Leaders (SDL), and School District Business Leaders (SDBL),
  • NYS content areas proposed by the NYSED Commissioner's Regulations
  • the knowledge, dispositions, and performances based on the Professional Standards for Education Leaders (formerly known as ISLLC Standards) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards
  • CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs 

In addition to the mission and goals of Manhattan College and the Graduate Counseling, Leadership, and Education (GCLE) department, the Educational Leadership program invites competent and caring professionals to develop and/or enhance skills to lead self, lead others to lead themselves, and lead with others to transform the organization.

These goals help participants become qualified through New York State (NYS) certification in school building leadership or district level educational leadership. Program completers serve as teacher leaders, grade and subject coordinators, assistant principals, staff developers, and the like. Special Education Leadership and Counselor Leadership completers serve on leadership teams as advocates for students and faculty alike. District level completers serve in a variety of positions in district-level educational services. 

Programs in Educational Leadership (certification in SBL)

Participants in the master degree and post-master programs in leadership meet the objectives of:

  • continuous improvement of schools, districts, and organizations through their internship activities and continuous improvement initiative(s)
  • continuous improvement of their crafts through their reflective practice and personal learning plans 
  • developing and/or enhancing their leadership knowledge, decision-making skill, and leadership dispositions through their course-related leadership activities
  • acquiring eligibility for a NYS leadership position through successful completion of coursework based on the design and frameworks of the NYSED certification examination(s)
  • awareness of the knowledge, performances, and dispositions of the National Educational Leadership Program (NELP) standards
  • providing a quality education, based on and grounded in excellence, dignity, and connectedness that is delivered in a supportive environment through reflective practice, responsible self-direction, collaboration, and leadership in the positions they hold. 

In addition to the general admission requirements for a graduate program in education, applicants for admission to an Educational Leadership Program must also:

  • possess a bachelor or master degree in an appropriate field
  • possess an initial or provisional or permanent or professional certificate or the equivalent or give appropriate and acceptable evidence of potential for educational leadership
  • submit any existing certificates of completion from approved providers of any of the NYS required workshops taken prior to admission. 
    • a 2-hour workshop in Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting
    • a 2-hour workshop in Schools Against Violence Education (SAVE)
    • a 6-hour workshop in Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
    • these workshops are available during the graduate program for those without certificates
  • GRE scores are required of those seeking admission to their first graduate program. 
    • an applicant may present a GRE or other acceptable normed test score if the test was taken within the last five years.
    • an appropriate passing verbal score on the GRE taken within the previous five years (if seeking admission to a first post-baccalaureate program)
  • GRE scores are only part of the admission process:  they are considered in combination with other materials required for admission.
  • an applicant who has already completed a graduate program need not submit a GRE
  • have a recommendation from an immediate or current supervisor
  • provide a Statement of Interest in the program to which they seek admission that includes:
    • past experiences that give evidence of  leadership for learning and
    • future professional plans for using the degree
  • submit evidence of their potential for leadership and/or leadership skill 
    • commendations of  colleagues, parents, and/or students
    • evidence of their leadership activities that improved student learning
    • results of their leadership efforts in leading or actively participating in Professional Learning Communities, curriculum development, accreditation, or quality review activities, or activities that improved teacher effectiveness
    • publications, awards or nominations for awards, curriculum development, student achievement
    • description(s) of current or past leadership positions or activities
    • propose others for approval by the Director
  • make an appointment for an interview with the Program Director preferably before beginning course work

Course Work

Participants should consult with the program director for courses and competencies appropriate to the position or certification they seek -

  • teacher leader. assistant principal, counseling leadership, special education leadership, leadership team member, staff developer, curriculum coordinator, department head, grade level coordinator, professional learning committee coordinator, subject area coordinator for math, science, ELA, etc. or other school-based leadership roles or
  • similar positions at the district level.

Those admitted to the graduate program (master degree) or the post-master program in educational leadership at Manhattan College attend a mandatory orientation to the Education Leadership Program.

Ordinarily, participants:

  • register for two core courses in each of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • complete 18 credits (six 3-credit core courses) with 3.0 GPA or better
  • engage in 100 hours of course related leadership activities (approximately 15-20 hours per core course) 
  • give evidence that the 100 hours of course related leadership activity were completed during the six core courses.

Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Educational Leadership (certification in School Building Leadership - 33 credits)

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Educational Leadership serves those with at least a bachelor degree who want to earn their first master degree. The master degree program in Educational Leadership consists of 33 credits of course work (eleven 3-credit courses):

  • 18 credits (six 3-credit courses) of Core Courses
    • 1. Leadership
    • 2. Law
    • 3. Management
    • 4. Curriculum
    • 5. Assessment
    • 6. Supervision
  • 6 credits of Internship (two 3-credit courses)
    • 7. Internship/Seminar 1
    • 8. Internship/Seminar 2
  • 6 credits of electives (two 3-credit courses)
    • 9. Orientation to Advanced Leadership Studies
    • 10. Organizational Development
  • 3 credits of Research (one 3-credit course)
    • 11. Methods of Educational Research
      • If a major paper is submitted from a graduate course in research taken within the past 5 years, and if the major paper is accepted,
      • then the 3-credit research course may be waived
      • If research completed within the previous 5 years is accepted and the research course waived,
      • then another course is substituted, a major paper on a leadership topic and design is proposed for approval by the Program Director
      • candidates whose prior master thesis is accepted register for Mentored Research, a one-credit course that helps participants complete a five-chapter major paper in their field of study.  (This 1-credit course does not count toward graduation.)
    • the completed Major Paper must be submitted according to the Registrar's timeline for graduation

Advanced Certificate in School Building Leadership (24 credits)


The post-master (advanced certificate) in School Building Leadership serves those with a master degree who seek admission to the accelerated post-graduate program in School Building Leadership at Manhattan College. Post-master applicants meet the entrance requirements for the Master Degree Program in School Building Leadership and also have an appropriate master degree.

  • A GRE score is not required for those who have already completed a graduate program.

The post-master advanced certificate in School Building Leadership consists of 24 credits of coursework (eight 3-credit courses described above):

  • 18 credits of Core Courses (six 3-credit courses)
  •  6 credits of Internship (two 3-credit courses)

The Internship

Those who successfully complete the SBL program requirements with an overall GPA of 3.0 meet the NYSED certification requirement of completing a registered program in SBL.

Those seeking NYSED certification in School Building Leadership must:

  • present three years teaching or pupil personnel service at the time of applying for NYS certification
  • register for the SBL exam via the official  NYSED website 
  • pass the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Leadership Exam. 
  • meet all NYSED certification requirements in place at the time of applying for certification 

Prerequisites for the Internship:

  • completion of six core courses (18 credits) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • documentation of 100 hours of course related leadership activities completed in the field during core coursework
  • acceptance by a school or district for an administrative internship 
  • sponsorship/mentoring by a certified on-site administrator.

The internship in School Building Leadership consists of

  • two 3-credit internship courses and accompanying seminars `
  • sustained administrative practice of at least 400 hours 
    • taken in two semesters as a part-time administrative intern (30 weeks part time 3-4 hours per day)  or
    • taken in one semester as a full-time administrative intern (15 weeks full time 6-8 hours per day)
    • in diverse settings planned collaboratively in partnership with college and school/district personnel
    • in substantive, appropriate, and collaboratively approved administrative and supervisory tasks
  • monthly internship seminars held on campus
  • monthly off-campus seminars in diverse schools and settings 
  • an internship improvement initiative
    • developed during core course-related activities
    • selected, designed, and implemented in consultation/collaboration/partnership with school administration and Manhattan College Internship Coordinator/Supervisor(s)

Successful completion of the School Building Leadership Experience (internship) requires, but need not be limited to,

  • an electronic internship portfolio
  • report of the impact of the internship improvement initiative
  • digital video of an administrative activity
  • chronological and cumulative logs and journals
  • others as required
  • submission of required internship documentation that meets the Registrar's timeline for graduation  

Note: Candidates are encouraged to register for the internship during semesters in which they can complete the 400 hours of internship activities. If the internship cannot be completed during the two semesters of internship, and if additional time is needed to complete documentation etc., participants register for a 1-credit course in Mentored Internship that does not count toward graduation.

Program Completion

Participants in the master degree or post-master (advanced certificate) program in School Building Leadership meet these graduation requirements

  • make appropriate and continuous progress throughout coursework based on college requirements for maintaining matriculation
  • maintain a 3.0 (B) average in coursework
  • complete all program requirements for assignments and internship according to the program completion schedule in the Letter of Acceptance
  • meet calendar dates for submitting approved and accepted and graded documentation
  • complete the online application to graduate according to the schedule required by the Registrar

New York State Certification as a School Building Leader

Those seeking NYS certification in School Building Leadership must:

  • present three-years experience as a teacher, counselor, special educator, or pupil personnel service as a school psychologist, social worker, or attendance teacher at the time of applying for NYS certification
  • complete the School Building Leadership Program registered with NYSED
  • present a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • pass the examination for NYS SBL certification
  • meet the NYS certification requirements in place at the time of applying for certification
  • apply for NYS SBL certification with the assistance of the Manhattan College Certification Officer at 718-862-7373

Programs in Advanced Leadership Studies 


In addition to general and graduate education entrance requirements, those seeking admission to the Advanced Leadership Studies (certification in School District Leadership) program at Manhattan College must also 

  • have a graduate GPA of 3.5 or better
  • have two years of administrative experience or the equivalent
  • provide two letters of recommendation from:
    • a current professional supervisor attesting to potential for leadership
    • a higher ed professional attesting to potential for post-graduate studies
  • be sponsored by a certified school district leader
  • present a district level improvement initiative developed in consultation/collaboration/partnership with district supervisory personnel
  • hold Certificates of Completion of
    • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting
    • Safe Schools and Violence Prevention Legislation
    • Needs of Children with Autism
    • Dignity for All Children Act (DASA)

Post-master advanced certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies (certification in School District Leadership - 11 credits) 

Those applying to the post-graduate program leading to School District certification participate in the Advanced Leadership Studies program and must present a minimum of 50 post-baccalaureate credits in an appropriate field. 

The accelerated post-graduate program in Advanced Leadership Studies leading to School District Leadership certification consists of 3 courses:

  • two 4-credit courses that include 10 hours each of supervised fieldwork.
  • one 3-credit internship of 250 hours of district level internship mentored by a certified district-level administrator and completion of an internship improvement initiative. 
  • 1. Statistical Process Control + 10 hrs of Field
  • 2. Education Finance + 10 hrs of Field
  • 3. District Level Internship of 250 hours of distinct level administrative activity

Master of Science in Education in Advanced Leadership Studies (certification in School District Leadership - 30 credits) 

Those with more than 30 but less than 50  hours of postgraduate coursework, may seek the master of science degree in Advanced Leadership Studies in School District Leadership that consists of 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of internship/seminar:

  • six 4-credit courses that include 10 hours of field work per course
  • two 3-credit courses of internship that include
    • 150 hours of school-based administrative activities
    • 250 hours of district-level administrative activity

The six credits of internship that include 400 hours of leadership experience:                                                                       

  • EDUG 889 Internship/Seminar II + 150 hours of school level field activity (may be waived if taken in a previous advanced certificate program). 3 credits      
  • EDUG 893 Internship/Seminar III plus 250 hours of supervised administrative practice plus a report of the impact of the internship improvement initiative.  3 credits

The Internship

Prerequisites for the Internship:

  • 60 or more post-baccalaureate credits by the end of coursework
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • acceptance by a school district for an administrative internship experience at a district level
  • sponsorship/partnership with a certified district level administrator on-site 
  • a proposal for an internship improvement initiative in partnership with the district
  • course based hours of field experience
The district level internship consists of:
  • at least 250 hours of district-level administrative practice and seminar
  • sustained administrative experience in diverse settings that is
    • planned collaboratively and in partnership with college and district personnel in substantive, appropriate, and approved district level administrative and supervisory tasks.
  • an impact report of the district level improvement initiative

NYS Certification as a School District Leader

Candidates for NYS certification as a School District Leader (SDL) must:

  • complete the NYS registered master degree or post-graduate program in Advanced Leadership Studies in School District Leadership at Manhattan College 
  • acquire a total of 60 or more post-baccalaureate credits by the end of the program
  • have a GPA of 3.5 or better
  • pass the examination for NYS certification as a school district leader
  • apply for SDL certification through the Manhattan College Certification Officer at 718-862-7373

NOTE 1: New York State certifies school building and school district leaders, Manhattan College does not certify participants. Candidates for NYS certification are responsible for knowing and meeting NYS requirements for the specific certification they seek and for meeting NYS certification requirements in place at the time of applying for certification.

NOTE 2: Changes to NYS requirements take precedence over those in this catalog. Those admitted to an Educational Leadership program are required to know NYS certification requirements and certification test dates and are responsible for meeting those dates.

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