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Administration and Supervision, Accelerated Master's

School Building Leader Program

Supt. Eric Byrne

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: Spring 2020: January 3 (Cohort begins January); Summer 2020: May 1 (Cohort begins July)

Start Semester: Spring/Summer

Campus: Lincoln Center and Westchester


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 School Building Leader Accelerated Program 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 program 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.

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

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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