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Catholic Educational Leadership

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Fordham President Reverend Joseph McShane, SJ, Dr. Gerald Cattaro

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Fordham President Reverend Joseph McShane, SJ, Dr. Gerald Cattaro

Degree: Master of Science in Education (MSE)
Start Semester: Any

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 follows 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.

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

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

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

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

Courses are selected from among the following:

  • Applications of Technology to Administration and Supervision (ASGE5122)
  • Fundamentals of Educational Administration and Management (ASGE5112)
  • Fundamentals of Educational Supervision (ASGE5119)
  • Clinic for School Administrators (ASGE6531)
  • Comprehensive Assessment Exam (ASGE0701)
  • Critical Issues in Catholic and Nonpublic Education (ASGE6461)
  • Ethics of School Administration (ASGE6338)
  • History of Education (USGE6276)
  • Instructional Leadership (ASGE6130)
  • Internship I and II (ASGE6520/21)
  • Leading in a Diverse Society (ASGE6145)
  • Perspectives on Leadership (ASGE6541)
  • Professional Development (ASGE6333)
  • Program Evaluation and Research (ASGE6720)
  • School Boards and Governance (ASGE6225)
  • School Finance (ASGE6322)
  • School Law (ASGE6325)
  • Seminar on the Spirituality of Leadership (ASGE7450)
  • Strategic Planning and Change (ASGE6361)


GSE Admissions
Phone: 212-636-6400

Program Faculty
Dr. Gerald Cattaro
Dr. Cristiana Ritchie-Carter,