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Educational Leadership Program

Robert Palestini, Ed,D., Interim Director of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies Graduate Programs

Merion Hall 264, 610- 660-1288, rpalesti@sju.edu

The Master’s 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), elementary principal, or secondary principal.

Upon acceptance in the program, students must meet with the Academic Advisor prior to registration for courses.

Students are urged to maintain continued contact with their assigned advisor to assure program compliance for certification.

Students must be formally admitted to the Educational Leadership program for certification eligibility. A valid teaching certification is a prerequisite for admission. Five years of full-time teaching experience—for supervisors, in their original certification area; for principals, in the type of school (i.e., elementary or secondary) for which they intend to be certified—must be completed by the time of certification.

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

Students currently holding a master’s degree can apply for special status as candidates for certification only, the number of required courses for which will depend upon Pennsylvania state requirements and past completed graduate courses.

Extensive fieldwork and special admission procedures are required.

Requirements for the degree and certifications include the following courses.

Students not seeking a certification and only seeking a Master's in Educational Leadership do not need a valid teaching certification and/or live years of full-time teaching experience.

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

Application Requirements for Master’s Degree and Curriculum Supervisor Certification Programs.

  1. A completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.
  2. Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
  3. Recommended 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in undergraduate work.
  4. Personal statement – a letter of intention outlining the candidate’s professional goals and educational objectives for attending the program of their choice.
  5. Two letters of recommendations
  6. Valid teaching certificate.
  7. Five years full-time teaching experience (by the time the degree is awarded).

Application Requirements for the Principal Certification Program.

  1. A completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.
  2. Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
  3. Recommended 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in undergraduate work.
  4. 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.
  5. Valid teaching certificate.
  6. Five years full-time teaching experience (by the time the degree is awarded).
  7. Portfolio items:
    • Essay concerning how principals shape learning in their schools
    • Resume that includes evidence of leadership potential (other leadership roles)
    • Applicant’s educational philosophy
    • A written description of a problem based learning activity
    • Personal statement—a letter of intention outlining the candidate’s professional goals and educational objectives for attending the program.

Application Requirements for the Superintendent Letter of Eligibility Program.

  1. A completed Saint Joseph’s University graduate application.
  2. Master’s degree.
  3. Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
  4. 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in graduate work.
  5. 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 an assistant/superintendent of schools
  6. Principal or supervisory certificate.
  7. Six years of satisfactory professional certificated service of which three of the six years must have been in a certificated supervisory or administrative capacity.
  8. Submit a copy of professional certification.

Master’s Degree in Education- Educational Leadership

EDL 600
(EDU 4005)

Educational Leader as Researcher and Reflective Practitioner

EDL 605
(EDU 4575)

Critical Contemporary Educational Issues

EDL 655
(EDU 4315)

Interpersonal Relations

EDL 660
(EDU 4525)

Measurement and Evaluation of Instructional Outcomes

EDL 665
(EDU 4505)

Administration, Organizational Culture, and Planned Change

EDL 670
(EDU 4515)

Educational Leadership and Human Resource Development

EDL 675
(EDU 4535)

Curriculum Development & Practice in Public and Private Schools

EDL 680
(EDU 4545)

Law and American Education

EDL 685
(EDU 4555)

Seminar in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction

EDL 690
(EDU 4565)

Managing Financial and Material Resources

6 Elective credits. Any graduate level courses

Supervisor Program

EDL 660
(EDU 4525)

Measurement and Evaluation of Instructional Outcomes

EDL 665
(EDU 4505)

Administration, Organizational Culture, and Planned Change

EDL 670
(EDU 4515)

Educational Leadership and Human Resource Development

EDL 675
(EDU 4535)

Curriculum Development & Practice in Public and Private Schools

EDL 680
(EDU 4545)

Law and American Education

EDL 685
(EDU 4555)

Seminar in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction

EDL 690
(EDU 4565)

Managing Financial and Material Resources

Principal Program

EDL 660
(EDU 4525)

Measurement and Evaluation of Instructional Outcomes

EDL 665
(EDU 4505)

Administration, Organizational Culture, and Planned Change

EDL 670
(EDU 4515)

Educational Leadership and Human Resource Development

EDL 680
(EDU 4545)

Law and American Education

EDL 685
(EDU 4555)

Seminar in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction

EDL 690
(EDU 4565)

Managing Financial and Material Resources

SPE 620
(SPE 4935)

Fundamentals of Special Education Practices for School Leaders

Principal and Supervisor Program

EDL 660
(EDU 4525)

Measurement and Evaluation of Instructional Outcomes

EDL 665
(EDU 4505)

Administration, Organizational Culture, and Planned Change

EDL 670
(EDU 4515)

Educational Leadership and Human Resource Development

EDL 675
(EDU 4535)

Curriculum Development & Practice in Public and Private Schools

EDL 680
(EDU 4545)

Law and American Education

EDL 685
(EDU 4555)

Seminar in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction

EDL 690
(EDU 4565)

Managing Financial and Material Resources

SPE 620
(SPE 4935)

Fundamentals of Special Education Practices for School Leaders

Principal and Supervisor certification, and MS in Education-Educational Leadership Program

EDL 600
(EDU 4005)

Educational Leader as Researcher and Reflective Practitioner

EDL 655
(EDU 4315)

Interpersonal Relations

EDL 660
(EDU 4525)

Measurement and Evaluation of Instructional Outcomes

EDL 665
(EDU 4505)

Administration, Organizational Culture, and Planned Change

EDL 670
(EDU 4515)

Educational Leadership and Human Resource Development

EDL 675
(EDU 4535)

Curriculum Development & Practice in Public and Private Schools

EDL 680
(EDU 4545)

Law and American Education

EDL 685
(EDU 4555)

Seminar in Administration of Curriculum and Instruction

EDL 690
(EDU 4565)

Managing Financial and Material Resources

SPE 620
(SPE 4935)

Fundamentals of Special Education Practices for School Leaders

Fieldwork for Master’s Degree with Certification Programs

EDL 695
(EDU 4595)

Advanced Fieldwork/Seminar I (2 credits)

EDL 696
(EDU 4596)

Advanced Fieldwork/Seminar II (2 credits)

EDL 697
(EDU 4597)

Advanced Fieldwork/Seminar III (2 credits)

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

EDL 780
(EDU 5505)

Policy & Community Relations

EDL 785
(EDU 5515)

Educational Planning & Evaluations

EDL 790
(EDU 5525)

Managing Educational Environments

EDL 795
(EDU 5535)

Superintendency Fieldwork