Master of Science in Education, K-12 Educational Leadership (MSED-EL)

The MSED-EL prepares educators to become transformative superintendents, assistant principals, principals, and other school administrators.  It requires the completion of 33 credits.

Students who complete the MSED-EL are eligible to apply for School Building Leader (SBL) certification.  Students who obtain the 33 credits for the MSED may also complete an additional 6 credits in a two-semester practicum and become eligible to apply for School District Leader (SDL) certification. Students who hold a master’s degree from another college or university must complete 15 credits to receive SDL certification.  SDL certification necessitates the completion of one course each in the areas of policy, research, and management.  The SDL courses are from the MPA program.  

In addition to coursework, SBL and SDL certification requires: 

  • Institutional recommendation generated by Baruch College
  • State certification in teaching or pupil personnel services with 3 years of paid full-time experience
  • Child abuse and violence prevention workshop completion
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • SBL or SDL exams parts I and II passed
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status

The path to SBL and SDL certification is through courses delivered directly by Baruch College or in partnership agreements with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and two leadership advancement organizations—New Leaders, Inc. and the New York City Leadership Academy.  Contact for application information, specific programs elements, and certification procedures.

Baruch’s K-12 education administration courses are focused on developing state-of-the-art leadership skills.  The instruction is led by SPA faculty and expert facilitators with advanced degrees and considerable managerial experience in public education. The latest scholarship is a part of every class and there is considerable hands-on experience in school settings.  It is estimated that nearly a quarter of top administrators in the New York City public school system have gone through one of Baruch's educational leadership programs.

Curriculum (3 credits each; course descriptions have been recently revised and will be available soon)

  • PAF 9301 Introduction to School Leadership
  • PAF 9306 Educational Capital Management for the Educational Leader
  • PAF 9307 School Performance Measurement
  • PAF 9309 Instructional Leadership in Schools
  • PAF 9310 School Leadership and Organizational Management
  • PAF 9311 Community Relations in Education
  • PAF 9312 Legal and Policy Issues in Education
  • PAF 9313 Capstone Seminar for the School Building Leader
  • PAF 9314 Strategies in Classroom Management
  • PAF 9315 Charter School Administration
  • PAF 9316 Urban School Problems
  • PAF 9317 Research for the Educational Administrator
  • PAF 9318 Educational Policy
  • PAF 9319 School Finance and Budgeting
  • PAF 9320 Educational Leadership Internship I
  • PAF 9321 Educational Leadership Internship II (prerequisite: PAF 9320)
  • PAF 9323 Practicum I for School District Leaders
  • PAF 9324 Practicum I for School District Leaders II (prerequisite: PAF 9323)
  • PAF 9341 Special Education Administration
  • PAF 9342 Political Policy Analysis in Education
  • PAF 9399 Selected Topics in Educational Administration

The following MPA courses may be used as electives in the MSED-EL program, including the requirements for SDL certification.

  • PAF 9120 Public and Nonprofit Management I (management course for SDL certification)
  • PAF 9130 Economic Analysis and Public Policy (policy course for SDL certification)
  • PAF 9136 Urban Economic Development (policy course for SDL certification)
  • PAF 9163 Leadership and Strategy in Public Affairs (management course for SDL certification)
  • PAF 9174 Program Evaluation (research course for SDL certification)
  • PAF 9180 Policy Analysis (research course for SDL certification)

Baruch College’s K-12 Educational Leadership Cohort Program

The acclaimed Scaffolded Apprenticeship Model (SAM Citywide) provides teachers and school administrators with the skills and aptitudes to improve school performance. The program leads to eligibility for SBL certification. Under the direction of an expert lead facilitator, the curriculum entails a mentoring program where learning is rooted in the everyday problems that confront educators. The participants’ schools are the focus of the classes, professional literature augments craft knowledge, and action plans for school improvement link theory and practice. The aim is to scaffold a sequence of research-based ideas that shape school work–explicitly at first and then internalized as habits of mind. Success is measured by the capacity of the participants’ to improve measurable educational outcomes. Classes are completed on the Baruch College campus or in public school settings. Application is made directly to Baruch College. Students pay all tuition and fees. SAM Citywide is run in a two-year cohort model with two courses offered each fall and spring semesters.    

Partnership Program Delivery

The New Leaders’ Aspiring Principals Program is offered in an agreement between New Leaders, Inc. and Baruch College. New Leaders is a nonprofit organization that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country. The focus is on training tomorrow’s principals to turn around under performing schools and the lives of the students who attend them. Operated as a cohort model, the program involves an intensive summer session, followed by a full-time year-long school-based internship where the students engage in school-based projects and develop leadership expertise. The internships are led by exceptional mentor-principals and are accompanied by instruction that incorporates theory with practice. Classes are held on the Baruch College campus. Admission is selective and the application is made directly to New Leaders’ Inc. Tuition and fees are paid by New Leaders, Inc. The program leads to eligibility for SBL certification.

Four educational leadership programs are delivered in partnership agreements with Baruch College, the New York City Leadership Academy, and NYCDOE.  Admissions are selective and application is made directly the Leadership Academy.  Tuition and fees are paid by NYCDOE.

  • The Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) is a one-year leadership development program for high-performing principals, network, cluster, or central leaders. Taught by current NYCDOE leaders, ALI combines theory with clinically-rich learning experiences to develop the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes necessary to effectively lead at the systems-level.  Applications are made directly to NYCDOE. Those who meet and demonstrate success will be considered for SDL certification. The Institute may be completed by educators who have attained SDL certification.
  • The Leadership Academy’s Aspiring Principals Program (APP) is an intensive 12-month program that prepares participants for direct placement as a New York City principal and provides for SBL certification.  The program begins with a summer institute that provides the knowledge and skills necessary for managing instructional improvements, initiating effective organizational change, handling difficult school problems, and engaging parents and community in the accomplishment of educational goals. The institute is followed by a full-time internship in a school setting that involves implementing innovative projects and honing leadership skills. The internships are guided by mentor-principals selected for their outstanding track record of successful management of urban public schools.
  • The Leadership Advancement Program (LAP) is a two-year course of study designed to develop the skills required for participants to take on the role of an assistant principal. This program focuses on a team approach to school reform, ultimately pairing the participant with an accomplished principal to manage a school. The instructional material is job-embedded and participants learn by using real-world school problems as the focus of their study.
  • The Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) is an on-the-job skills development program that prepares aspiring educators to become assistant principals and principals.  Participants develop leadership competencies as apprentices while remaining in their existing school positions.  The 12 month phased program includes three phases: 1) a beginning summer session that engages participants in a problem-based, action-learning experience that simulates the challenges of a school administrator; 2) a 10-month, school-based residency under the mentorship of an expert principal; and 3) an ending summer session that enables participants to transition successfully into school leadership positions. All participants must meet rigorous performance standards to progress to each successive phase.
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