M.A. in Educational Leadership

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Unique Elements of This Program

  • Cohort-based program offered fully online, or at regional school sites.
  • A sequenced 36-credit program over a two-year time frame.
  • Connects our students with nationally respected leaders in the field.
  • Meets N.J. requirements for initial certification as principal and/or supervisor.
  • Combines theoretical knowledge with substantive opportunities for field-based application.
  • Aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).
  • Offered at a reduced tuition rate.
  • Certification Application processed by the University.

Areas of Emphasis within the Program

  • The role of a leader in promoting an atmosphere of continuous improvement.
  • A vision for effective schools that supports student learning.
  • Human relations skills to maximize interactions with all participants within the school community.
  • Knowledge of effective leadership strategies which promote higher student achievement.
  • Management skills to maximize effectiveness of available resources.

See Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) colleges/universities attended
  • Successful completion of a personal interview
  • Valid New Jersey standard teacher's license

For International Students:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. International transcripts must be evaluated by NACES (i.e. WES) on a course by course basis.
  • TOEFL/IELTS (if necessary)


For additional program information, contact:

Joe Ciccone
Program Chair of Educational Leadership Programs
(973) 290-4383

For admission information, contact:

Antonia Donofrio
Associate Director
Graduate and Continuing Studies
(973) 290-4191

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What if I am interested in taking only those courses needed for supervisor's certification?

Students accepted into the program will participate as a member of a cohort in a sequence of integrated courses designed to prepare them for school leadership roles. Interested students must be prepared to make a commitment to participate in the entire sequence of experiences to be eligible for graduation and provisional certification. If you have your Master's Degree and completed three years of successful full-time teaching or educational service experience, you will become fully certified as a supervisor if you take the following courses: EDAS603 Curriculum Theory & Practice, EDAS681 Supervision of Instruction, EDAS688 Leadership Development Institute, and EDAS612 Leadership for Curricular Change. Three of the courses are offered online for 7-week sessions or a full semester. EDAS 688 Leadership Development Institute is offered for one week at SEU in July over a five-day session. You also have the option to complete the four courses in the traditional manner.

2. What is the cost of the M.A. in Educational Leadership degree program?

SEU offers a reduced tuition rate for the off-site based cohorts. As long as a student completes the program within two years, the reduced rate will remain in effect. If a student takes more than two years to complete the program, the tuition will be subject to a rate increase.

3. Where will the courses be offered?

Courses will be offered in selected school districts throughout central and northern New Jersey.

4. Will I be certified as a principal/supervisor upon completion of the program?

Upon successful completion of the program and a passing score on the SLLA Praxis, candidates will be eligible for a standard certificate as a supervisor and a certificate of eligibility as an assistant principal, director, and principal. Candidates for the principal's certification also must document at least three years of certificated teaching experience, as well as provide evidence that a fourth and fifth year will be completed during the course of studies.

5. If I have taken other graduate courses at SEU or at another institution, can they be applied to the M.A. in Educational Leadership program?

The policy of the University is to accept up to nine (9) credits of equivalent course work toward the M.A. in Educational Leadership degree. The acceptance of credits from prior graduate work will be at the discretion of the Program Chair of Educational Leadership. Students wishing to have prior coursework evaluated must submit a request letter, the descriptions of the courses they would like to transfer, and an official transcript of their grade(s) in the course(s).

6. Where and how should I apply?

Applications may be submitted online at www.steu.edu/apply or by mail to:

Office of Admission
Saint Elizabeth University
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960