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Catholic Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership Programs

Catholic Educational Leadership

Degree:  Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.)
Start Semester: Fall, Spring, or Summer
Campus: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill, Westchester and off-site locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island
Full-time/Part-time: Both

The program focuses on the legacy of inherited excellence, present innovations and the future vitality and sustainability of Catholic and non-public schools.

We offer two paths to study and explore educational leadership in the context of mission-integrity and all that it implies. The first path leads to eligibility for New York State School Building Leader Certification. This certification is appropriate for such positions as president, principal, supervisor, department chair, assistant principal coordinator and unit head.

The second path is for candidates who wish to develop their knowledge and skills for a leadership role in education on a location, national or international level, but who are not seeking New York State School Building Leader Certification.

The master's program follow a cohort model and is organized with a focus on adult learning theory utilizing action research, group projects, critical reflection, clinical application, problem-based simulations, policy analysis and two semesters of internships.


Application Deadlines
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15


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Program Prerequisites

Applicants following the first path (seeking School Building Leader certification) must have prior teacher certification.

Admission to the second path (those not seeking School Building Leader certification) does not require prior teacher certification. Therefore, this program is more suitable for national and international students and for those whose work does not necessitate New York State certification.

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 15
Visit the Admissions section for applications and general application requirements.

Additional Education Leadership Programs

International Study

The Center offers summer institutes on emerging issues with other universities and educational institutions around the world, providing distinctive opportunities for learning and collaboration.

Program Curriculum

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