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We appreciate your interest in The College of Saint Rose Educational Leadership and Administration programs!  Our Educational Leadership programs have been successful for decades in preparing future school leaders.  Our program alumni have assumed school leadership positions throughout the Capital Region, statewide, and nationally.  We have earned and maintain national school leadership accreditation through the rigorous NCATE/CAEP review process basing our school leadership program on the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) leadership standards.  Our program combines school leadership theory with hands-on practice so our school leaders are fully prepared to meet the needs of educational institutions.  Our combination of full-time faculty supported by adjunct faculty based in the field, ensures a student’s preparation is relevant, practical, and replicates the demanding field of school leadership.  In most cases, students will be required to be matriculated into a program prior to being able to register for classes. Students are expected to work closely with the assigned College advisor to ensure that the program of study and experience are both appropriate and meaningful for meeting individuals’ personal and professional goals.

Our Educational Leadership program web page contains a great deal of important information on programs, planning, and program certification and degree options.  Download and review the Educational Leadership Program Handbook which is comprehensive. The program newsletters also provide additional background and personalizes the program. Please return often to view the Educational Leadership web page at:  http://www.strose.edu/educational-leadership-and-administration.


Educational Leadership Program

The School Building Leader Advanced Certificate

The School Building Leader (SBL) advanced certificate program prepares students to assume roles in school buildings or single building departments as instructional leaders.  Typical roles may include Subject Director for a Building; Assistant Principal, and Building Principal. Students choose the courses and speed of program completion, and will work with a variety of other students.  Courses are usually offered weekday evenings, some occasional Saturdays, and full days during the summer for those interested. The size and design of our program ensures students will likely work and study with many familiar faces helping create a colleague support system that often lasts an entire leadership career.  Students may begin either in Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Program completion can range from 18-24 months but may be longer depending upon student speed of schedule and student background and preparation.  At the conclusion of the program and to qualify for the SBL New York State certificate, students must have the advanced certificate, a Masters degree and at least three years of grade P-12 full time teaching experience, public or private, or three years of Pupil Personnel Services. (PPS).


The SBL program features a 24-credit hour program including 6 core courses and a 6-credit hour internship experience of 600 in-district hours. Core courses include: EDA 503, Curriculum Revision; EDA 505, Introduction to Leadership; EDA 510, Supervision; EDA 540, School Law; EDA 550, School Finance; EDA 590 Critical Issues in Educational Leadership; and the two part internship, EDA 546 and EDA 547.  The program can be completed, depending upon the time availability and need of the student, in as little as 18 months or longer depending upon frequency of courses taken, etc.  Most students complete in 24-36 months.  Students must also take and pass the New York State School Leadership Assessment for School Building Leaders towards the completion of a student’s program.  Although students usually are able to conduct internships in the schools in which they are already employed, the College can assist those seeking internship placements.

The School District Leader Advanced Certificate

The School District Leader advanced certificate prepares students to assume most district-wide or multiple building responsibility leadership roles.  Typical district leadership titles might include Director of a Subject Area for multiple locations or levels; Director of Instruction, Assistant Superintendent, or Superintendent of Schools.  Program completion requires students to meet New York State SDL qualifications for certification including a Masters Degree, 60 graduate hours, and at least three years of grade P-12 full time teaching experience, public or private, or three years of experience in Pupil Personnel Services (PPS), or school leadership.


The number of credits required depends upon several variables, including possessing a Masters Degree and what institution the student completed the SBL certification preparation. If a student came from The College of Saint Rose Educational Leadership program and met other requirements, the student can complete our program in as little as 6 credits (EDA 601 District Level Leadership & Management, and EDA 602 School District/Community Policy & Politics).  In addition to these two courses,  students completing SBL administrative work at other colleges will likely need a minimum of 6-9 additional credits to meet the SDL preparation requirements. The course requirements for these students are determined at the time of application and depend upon background and preparation.  Students may furnish a copy of the transcript for review by departmental faculty who can provide pending course requirements after student acceptance into the program.  The cornerstone courses for the SDL program (EDA 601 & EDA 602) are typically offered in the summer over 9 full-days as part of a Summer Leadership Institute.   Students with school administration preparation backgrounds from other institutions would be required at a minimum to take EDA 505, Introduction to Leadership, and EDA 590, Critical Issues in Educational Leadership in addition to the course requirements described above.  The courses are typically offered in the fall semester.

School District Business Leader Advanced Certificate

The School District Business Leader advanced certificate program is a fully on-line format.  The program prepares students to assume school business and school financial district wide leadership roles including Business Administrator, Director of Finance or Business, or Assistant Superintendent for Finance or Business.   The first class cohort class began in January 2016.  Each January, a new cohort begins. Application for this program is competitive. The program is a collaboration between the New York State Association of Business Officials (NYSASBO) and The College of Saint Rose Educational Leadership  program.  Dues paying members of NYSASBO also receive a special membership tuition reduction.


The on-line program is a rigorous combination of asynchronous (learn at your own rate and convenience) and synchronous learning (scheduled on-line live sessions).  There is no on-campus in person requirement. Each cohort studies and progresses through course work together.  Cohorts take two courses per semester and a single course during the summer session. Since each session on-line can be recorded, students who cannot attend the synchronous class at the scheduled time may be able to view the class asynchronously.   An administrative internship in a school district business or financial office over one to two semesters is the capstone activity.  In meeting New York State internship requirements, the internship must include a minimum of 600 hours for this field based experience.  The program may assist students in locating a school district business office internship placement.  The 24 credit hour program leads to New York State certification as a School District Business Leader (SDBL) after meeting other New York requirements.  Courses all focus on leadership and management of financial and district resources that support learning.  Courses include: EDA 506 Introduction to Leadership; EDA 540 School Law;  EDA 543 Personnel Administration; EDA 551 School Finance; EDA 589 Management Practicum; EDA 591 Critical Issues; and EDA 596/597 Internship.


Prior to certification by New York State, candidates will need to accumulate a minimum of 60 graduate hours (36 hours plus the 24 from the on-line program) and pass the NYSTCE SDBL Assessment.  Obtaining a New York State SDBL certification provides graduates with greater career opportunities, geographical flexibility, and leadership enhancement and better serves school districts.

NYSASBO  NYSASBO Discount Application

Masters Degree in Education – Concentration in Educational Leadership

The Masters Degree in Education, with a concentration in Educational Leadership, provides students with the required Masters Degree to meet New York State administrative certifications, as well as prepares students not pursuing certification, with a broad perspective of school leadership and improving student outcomes.


The program is a combination of 24 credit hour program in school leadership (SBL or SDBL) and 12 additional credits, six credits in educational research tools and six credits in electives meeting student interest and linked to school leadership.  The 12 credits may be taken on-line depending upon course availability and student course requirements.


Students who wish to pursue administrative certification in New York State must take the internship, EDA 546 and EDA 547, a 600-hour in-district internship.  Students who do not wish or do not qualify for administrative certification will complete a 3-6 credit clinical field experience, EDA 586 Field Based Experience.

Applying for Program Admission

For admission to the program, applicants must provide the following:

  1. A completed application from The College of Saint Rose;
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
  3. Verification of permanent or professional certification status;
  4. For SBL admission verification of at least three years of approved teaching and/or pupil personnel experience in a P-12 school setting (exceptions to the three-year teaching requirement are made in special circumstances upon the recommendation of the educational leadership program faculty; these candidates will not be eligible for New York State SBL certification until and unless the experience requirement is met);
  5. Verification of at least three years of approved administrative experience in a P-12 school setting may be substituted for the teaching and/or pupil personnel experience for SDL certification but not for SBL certification; and
  6. At least two letters of recommendation: one from a school administrator, which must attest to the individual’s good character and potential as an administrator; and one from a professional who is qualified to evaluate the applicant’s scholarship. It is expected that the school administrator who acts as a reference for the applicant will be willing to mentor the applicant throughout the applicant’s administrative program at The College of Saint Rose.


For more information regarding application and admission, please visit the web page:  http://www.strose.edu/admissions/graduate-students/.

Comprehensive Examination EDA 999 Overview

Master’s level students in the Educational Leadership Program may elect to take the Comprehensive Examination in Educational Leadership instead of completing a comprehensive Master’s Thesis in Educational Leadership to meet the requirement. Students will need to register for EDA 999 in the last semester of the Master’s program after discussion and advisement from her/his adviser. Students will be informed several weeks before the scheduled examination regarding the date, time and location by e-mail.


The exam period shall be a maximum of four hours (3.5 hours is the estimate for completion). A student may leave when the exam is completed and e-mailed to the professor. They must bring a functioning lap top, tablet or similar device that has Microsoft Word. They may also want to bring an extension cord to ensure adequate power. Students may bring any other notes, textbooks, or other materials. They may also reference on-line resources during the exam. Students are cautioned however, to carefully monitor time to ensure each question or task is addressed. During the exam, students may not speak with or share any materials or information with other students taking the same exam. When a student departs the test site, they must return all test materials or booklets to the testing coordinator.


The Comprehensive Examination is based upon the ELCC Leadership standards. It parallels the format of portions of the New York State SBL, SDL and/or SDBL Assessment. All ELCC/CAEP standards are addressed in the exam. Students should prepare for the Comprehensive Examination by: 1) reviewing prior course materials, notes, and text materials; 2) review the ELCC/CAEP standards or related standards; and 3) review the NYSTCE School Building Leader test format and sample questions on the website. There is typically no need for a test preparation for this exam outside of what is listed above.


The Comprehensive Examination includes the following:



Assessment/Area of Focus




Extended Performance Task 1: School Based Instructional Leadership 60-80 minutes
Extended performance Task 2: Family & Community Engagement 60-80 minutes
Constructed Response 1: Program Evaluation, School Improvement, Social Justice 30-40 minutes
Constructed Response 2: Supervision of Instruction, Professional development, Change 30-40 minutes
Constructed Response 3: Supervision, Resource Management, Social Justice 30-40 minutes
Suggested Time (A Maximum of 4 hours is allotted): 3 – 4 hours


A Comprehensive Examination booklet will be provided to each student just prior to the exam. The booklet must be returned to the professor at the conclusion of the exam.


For each Extended Performance Task (EPT), there will be a series of documents provided that relate to a school situation described. Students should read all documents carefully and respond to each of the questions at the end of the task completely on a laptop or tablet device. Responses should be in an essay form integrating all the elements of each question. Students may also use bullets but should be sure to fully explain all answers. Students should use Word in 11 or 12 point type and should label each question. Students should keep questions in the order appearing in the examination booklet provided and should save work frequently (e-mailing a copy, e.g.) A typical response would be 600-800 words, single spaced is preferred. Each EPT will require approximately 60-80 minutes. There are two EPT’s in the Comprehensive Examination, and three shorter Constructed Response items.


The Constructed Response questions are shorter in length and time should be carefully allotted to approximately 30-40 minutes each. Some may be shorter or longer. These questions may provide several shorter documents or simply a school situation. Questions will relate to the situation. A typical response will be 200-300 words. Students should select TWO of the 3 Constructed Response Questions.


At the conclusion of the examination, test takers should return the Comprehensive Examination Booklet to the test coordinator or person administering the exam. Students should e-mail the completed work to the professor. Again, students should save work often and may want to e-mail to themselves periodically during the examination as a backup. Students are advised to monitor time carefully to ensure completion of all tasks. Remember, students should take any test materials with them, nor discuss the contents of the exam with anyone.


The Comprehensive Examination in Educational Leadership will be scored as either Pass, or Fail. The examination will be scored within 2-4 weeks of the administration. The professor or other College representative will contact each student by e-mail indicating the status of the score on the examination.


Students should contact her/his adviser at any point in this process with any other questions.