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Administration and Supervision, Accelerated Master's Program in Educational Leadership

Accelerated Master's Program in Educational Leadership (AMPEL)

Dean Rapaccioli with Students

Degree: Master of Science in Education (MSE)

Credits: 30

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

Application Deadline: April 15

Start Semester: Accelerated Master's Program in Educational Leadership (AMPEL) Cohort begins in July

Campus: Lincoln Center and Westchester

Note: Westchester program location contingent on sufficient enrollment


This is an intensive one year master's degree program consisting of weekend courses (Friday afternoon/evening and all day Saturday) and full week institutes (summer, etc.). Students participate in a full-year, clinically-rich internship beginning Day 1 at the candidate's home school.

The program focuses on standards-based learning aligned with the National Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. Students learn through theory and practice using problem/project-based learning, case studies, data analysis, and examination of current trends. It focuses on priorities such as instructional leadership, the common core standards, quality supervision and evaluation, and school improvement through coursework, internships and mentoring.

Fordham's Accelerated Masters Program in Educational Leadership (AMPEL) was selected by the New York City Department of Education's Leadership Office to be part of their Pathways to Leadership preparation programs. Members of the AMPEL Cohort will have opportunities to network with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Leadership Office and other leadership candidates from other partner programs.

Program Prerequisites

  • Have a minimum of two (2) years paid, full-time teaching/counseling experience;
  • Be a full time teacher/counselor in an elementary or secondary school;
  • Obtain endorsement from current principal;
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (written and oral);
  • Provide Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores less than five years old.

Admissions Information

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

  • Submit the Letter of Intent to Apply to by February 1;
  • Submit Part A: AMPEL Application including essays and portfolio/work sample and Principal's Endorsement by March 1;
  • Complete the required online GSE Program Application by April 15;
  • Participate in an interview (to be arranged);
  • Email for further information or to request the Letter of Intent and AMPEL. application materials, including the Principal's Endorsement Form.

Those applying to Teaching or Educational Leadership programs at the master’s or advanced certificate level are now required to submit standardized MAT, GRE, or equivalent exam scores with their application.

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, part-time (440 hours), clinically-rich internship at their current schools. Specific experiences are outlined at the start of the internship experience.


Phone: 212-636-6400