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Administration and Supervision

School Building Leadership

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Degree: MSE
Credits: 30
Career Path: Prepares graduates for positions as school building leaders, such as principal, supervisor, department chair, and assistant principal.

Start Semester: All
Campus: Lincoln Center/Online

This program prepares students for leadership positions and responsibilities in schools and other education-related settings.

The program is organized to promote learning through group projects, action research, critical reflection, clinical applications, problem-based simulations, policy analysis and two semesters of internship. Candidates seeking SBL certification are required to complete a one-year, part-time internship at their current schools.

The program, which follows a cohort model, is offered at our Lincoln Center Campus and, depending on interest, enrollment, and site availability, in Westchester.

The program qualifies students to take the New York State Education Department's School Building Leader (SBL) certification examination, which is required for school-based educational positions in all New York state public schools and some non-public schools.

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines (Rolling Admission)

  • Fall: June 30
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 15

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Program Prerequisites

  • Have a provisional teaching certificate
  • Have a minimum one year paid, full-time teaching/counseling experience
  • Be a full-time teacher/counselor in an elementary or secondary school
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) test scores less than five years old
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral)
  • Have demonstrated leadership potential 

Program Courses

Browse course schedules and descriptions and review a list of courses.

Fieldwork Requirements

Candidates seeking SBL certification are required to complete a one year (440 hours), part-time clinically-rich internship at their current schools. Specific experiences are outlined at the start of the internship experience.

Certification Information

Students will be eligible to take the NYS School Building Leader (SBL) certification examination. Please be aware that Fordham University grants degrees. The NYS Education Department issues certifications. Students need to consult with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) regarding their respective credentials and professional experiences.


Graduate Admissions
Phone: 212-636-6400

Shannon Waite