EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership - School Building Leader


The Department of Educational Leadership offers a 36 credit program leading to a Master of Science degree in educational leadership. The program schedule is designed around our students' busy lives as individuals with responsibilities such as jobs, families and community members.

Most courses meet in the late afternoon and evening with many offering on-line assignments.  Other courses are scheduled during a condensed five-week summer session or on weekends during the spring and fall semesters.

Candidates who complete the program receive a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership and gain eligibility for a New York State certificate as School Building Leader (SBL) and New Jersey Principal certification.  Depending on qualifications of the candidate, it may lead to certification as a School District Leader (SDL) in New York and Superintendent certification in New Jersey.

Graduates of this program have excellent opportunities for employment in a variety of school leadership roles such as department chair, assistant principal, principal, curriculum coordinator and central office administrator. They are able to bring their expertise into a full range of settings, including urban, suburban and rural schools with diverse populations.  Students gain the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to effectively manage the challenges faced by school leaders and engage the school community in strategic planning processes for continued improvement. Through the understanding of theory and an intensive internship, graduates of the program are well grounded in instructional leadership concepts and understand how to apply them to enhance student learning.  Emphasis is placed upon the core domains of leadership and the ILSSC standards.


Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements for the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration (DELA) are outlined below. An applicant who does not meet the grade point average required for admission to the program may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination and be interviewed by the department chairperson or program director.

A MASTER'S DEGREE CANDIDATE MUST HAVE:

  1. Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  2. Initial (formerly provisional) state certification in teaching or an educational specialty
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Teaching experience and prior experience review
  5. Documentation of years of experience

Attention Applicants: The New York State Education Department requires all candidates for NYS initial SBL and/or professional SDL certification, to have completed at least 60 semester hours of graduate study, possess a permanent or professional certificate in classroom teaching service or pupil personnel service, and to have completed three years of classroom teaching service and/or educational leadership service and/or pupil personnel service experience in public or non-public schools N-12.

Plan of Study

Required Courses

Credits

PHS 020 Seminar in Pharmaceutics

3

PHS 701 Physical Chemistry I

3

PHS 901 Basic Pharmaceutics
(required for foreign students and non-Pharmacy majors)

3

PHS 931 Advanced Physical Pharmacy I

3

PHS 934 Industrial Pharmacy I

3

PHS 935 Industrial Pharmacy II
(including laboratory)**

3

PHS 972 Methods of Pharmaceutical Analysis

3

PHS 985/7 Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics

3

*All entering students must successfully complete or have completed a first semester Calculus course
**This course will be taken at LIU Brooklyn.

Comprehensive Exam

Electives & Research (12 credits)

Credits

PHA 010 Biostatistics

3

PHS 060 Research and Thesis

3

PHS 702 Physical Chemistry II

3

PHS 902 Regulatory Compliance in the Practice of Industrial Pharmacy

3

PHS 932 Advanced Physical Pharmacy II

3

PHS 936 Dosage Form Design

3

PHS 937 Pharmaceutical Engineering

3

PHS 950 Dermatological Formulations Technology I

3

PHS 951 Dermatological Formulations Technology II

3

PHS 954 Special Topics in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Microbiology

3

PHS 958 Aerosol Science and Technology

3

PHS 960 Properties/Applications of Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Raw Materials

3

PHS 970 Principles of Quality Assurance

3

PHS 975 Introduction to Packaging Principles

3

PHS 979 Design of Peptide and Protein Drug Delivery Systems

3

PHS 982 Controlled Release Drug Delivery Systems

3

PHS 984 Biomaterials in Pharmacy and Medicine

3

PHS 986 Microencapsulation

3

PTM 904 Pharmacology and Toxicology of Dermatologic Products

3

Total Credits: 36

Degree Requirements

36 CREDITS

Program Code: 29045 HEGIS: 0828.00

Required Courses – 24 credits

Course #

Course Title

Credits

EDL 630

Administrative Core I

6

EDL 631

Administrative Core II

3

EDL 632

Curricular Concerns in
Public School Administration

3

EDL 635

School Law*

3

EDL 637

The Supervisor in a School Setting

3

EDL 650

Internship in School Administration – 
C.A.S. level

6

Electives – 12 credits (choose any four of the following):

Course #

Course Title

Credits

EDL 633

School Business Administration

3

EDL 634

School Personnel Administration

3

EDL 636

Public School Finance*

3

EDL 641

School District Administration: Problems and Issues

3

EDL 644

School Collective Negotiation

3

EDL 646

Special Education Law

3

EDL 647

Administration of Educational Programs for Exceptional Children

3

EDL 648

School Organization, Programming & Scheduling

3

EDL 649

Leadership & Admin. in Multicultural School Settings

3

EDL 653

Administration and Leadership at the Middle School Level

3

EDL 608

DELA Summer Institute

3

EDL 604

Degree Synthesis

3

Total credits = 36

*Required courses for NJ certification eligibility

Culminating Experiences: Portfolio and Internship Project

NYS Certification Requirements:
Child Abuse Seminar, Project SAVE Seminar, NYS fingerprint clearance
School Building Leader examination (Parts 1 & 2)
School District Leader examination (Parts 1 & 2)

Courses Descriptions

EDL 630 Administrative Core I

This course presents a balanced viewpoint of theory and practice in analyzing current issues in educational administration.  Through the use of various readings, classroom discussion, group activities, lecture, and varied presentations, topics, issues, and trends in this field will be examined.  The course will examine three interrelated areas within the field of school administration.  They are human relations, leadership and school-community relations.
Credits: 6

EDL 631 Administrative Core II

The goals of Administrative Core II is to have students become wise consumers of educational research, knowledgeable about the business functions of the school district, and uses of computers to solve administrative problems.  Administrative Core I (EDL 630) must be taken before Core II.
Credits: 3

EDL 632 Curricular Concerns in Public School Administration

This course is a study of curricular concerns and emphasizes administrative decision-making skills.  Major topics include administering programmatic change, focus on individualized and differentiated instruction, curriculum theory, instructional and curriculum issues.
Credits: 3

EDL633 School Business Administration

This course provides students with information on the skills and knowledge needed to operate an effective school business office.  It covers budgeting theories and practices, including estimating expenditures, personnel costs, and revenues as well as services that support the instructional operations of the district: food service, transportation, school store, supply management, purchasing and bidding, insurance and the use of existing district buildings and grounds, new construction and renovation. School district revenues sources are explored, including taxation concepts and practices, theoretical models in state funding, state aid, federal aid and special education, and public support for non-public schools
Credits: 3

EDL 634 School Personnel Administration

The course provides a study of the skills, attitudes and knowledge essential for effective school personnel administration.  Methods of recruitment of highly skilled and competent new employees are reviewed.  Certification requirements and selection methods are discussed in order that administrators will locate the best possible staff for their schools/districts.  Other areas of study include assignment of staff, load and transfer of teachers, salaries and scheduling.  Areas of concentration will also include: leaves of absences, tenure, in-service education, personnel records, morale, retirement, professional associations and collective bargaining.
Credits: 3

EDL 635 School Law

The course entails a study of the major topics of law related to public schools. Areas of concentration include: sources of the law; scope of the law; law and the organization for public education; pupils, employees and school law; school officers and the law; theory of governmental non-liability; liability and individual members of the board and personal liability of school employees.
Credits: 3

EDL 636 Public School Finance

This course provides a study of public school finance. Major topics include: the development of public school finance in the United States, principles of school finance, revenues, expenditures and indebtedness, fiscal problems, the foundation program, fiscal control, and school support formulas.
Credits: 3

EDL 637 The Supervisor In The School Setting

The course entails a study of the major components of the school supervisor.  The nature of the supervisory process is reviewed.  The function of the supervisor in various situations is examined in detail.  The principles of supervision and a variety of leadership styles are reviewed.  Other areas of concentration include appropriate procedures for supervision, the supervision of teachers, curriculum, instruction, and non-certificated staff.
Credits: 3

EDL 641 School District Administration: Problems and Issues

This course provides a study of the role and responsibilities of the district administrator in a school system. Major topics include: organizational, professional and legal issues in school district administration; the school district administrator and organizational decision- making; emerging responsibilities in working relationships among school district administrators and the board and members of the community; critical economic, political and social issues confronting educational leadership.
Credits: 3

EDL 644 Collective Negotiations In Education

This course is a study of the implementation and development of collective negotiations in the public schools. It includes principles and practices applied in public sector negotiations and the study of selected topics such as the bargaining process, impasse procedures, grievance machinery, the strike content of bargaining agreements, and the role of the administrator in negotiations.
Credits: 3

EDL 646 Special Education Law For School Administrators

This course is designed to acquaint the student with public laws pertaining to the education of students with disabilities. Specifically, students will review IDEIA, Section 504, No Child Left Behind/Race to the Top (as it impacts special education), NYS Part 200 Regulations of the Commissioner, and newly revised ADA regulations.  Major concepts to be covered include: Least Restrictive Environment/Continuum of Services; The Individual Education Program, including evaluation and the multi-disciplinary team; Due Process, including Parental Rights and procedural safeguards; Free Appropriate Public Education and Response to Intervention.
Credits: 3

EDL 648 School Organization

The course offers students insights into the essentials of running a school or district.  Major topics include: scheduling classes and activities across varying grade levels; scheduling extra-curricular activities; defining appropriate parameters for clubs and assemblies; and managing sports programs. The student will gain insight into how to select appropriate educational programs and technologies to enhance student learning. Practical projects will be assigned.
Credits: 3

EDL 649 Leadership and Administration in Multicultural School Settings

This course is designed to provide specific preparation for supervisors in the management of operational policies, particularly in multicultural school settings. Recent national and local policy trends will be explored for their effects upon traditional budget allocation practices, curriculum strategies, personnel management, program assessment, and shared management.  Policies and methods will be examined to ensure that all students have the necessary resources to enjoy equitable opportunities to learn and to meet high standards.
Credits: 3

EDL 650 Internship in School Administration-MSE

The course provides students with the opportunity to participate in administrative and supervisory activities and to put into practice the students' classroom knowledge in a practical ways. Students will work in a school and district setting and then meet in seminars to discuss issues, problems and strategies.  During the internship, five areas of study will be emphasized: Administration; Curriculum Development; School Community Relations; Student Services; and Staff Development.  In addition, the six major core areas will be reintroduced, thus providing a synthesizing experience for the student.  Practical applications of systematic observation and participation in administrative and supervisory activities will be provided at the school/district level.  Permission of the Director of the Department of Educational Leadership is required to enroll in this course.
Prerequisites: EDL 630 (completed) and EDL 631 (completed or in progress), or special permission of the program director.
Credits: 6

EDL 651 Internship in School Administration-Advanced Certificate Level

The course provide students with the opportunity to participate in administrative and supervisory activities and to put into practice the students' classroom knowledge in a practical ways. Students will work in a school and district setting and then meet in seminars to discuss issues, problems and strategies.  During the internship, five areas of study will be emphasized: Administration; Curriculum Development; School Community Relations; Student Services; and Staff Development.  In addition, the six major core areas will be reintroduced, thus providing a synthesizing experience for the student.  Practical applications of systematic observation and participation in administrative and supervisory activities will be provided at the school/district level.  Permission of the Director of the Department of Educational Leadership is required to enroll in this course.
Prerequisites: EDL 630 (completed) and EDL 631 (completed or in progress), or special permission of the program director.
Credits: 6

EDL 653 Administration and Leadership at the Middle School Level

This course is a study of administrative leadership and decision-making at the middle school level. It includes a review of current educational research, theory and practice as they may apply to the operation of a middle level school. Topics include: understanding the middle school concept; examining administrative decision-making and middle school curriculum development; supervision at the middle school level; current issues in administering a middle school.
Credits: 3

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