Master of Science in Education, Educational Leadership (MSED-EL)
The educational programs of the School of Public Affairs prepare students to obtain high-level supervisory positions in public, private, and charter schools. The instruction is led by experts with advanced degrees and considerable managerial experience in public education. The focus is on the latest scholarship in educational leadership and the development of applied knowledge through hands-on experience in schools.
Public affairs faculty and staff work closely with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to ensure the curriculum is current and useful for school administrators. Nearly a quarter of all current principals and assistant principals in the New York City school system have finished one of the educational programs offered in partnership with Baruch College.
The MSED-EL degree requires the completion of 33 credits. Students who obtain 24 credits are eligible for School Building Leadership (SBL) certification from the State of New York. There is no requirement the MSED-EL degree be awarded for SBL certification. The completion of 15 additional credits beyond the 24 credits is necessary for New York State School District Leadership (SDL) certification. Nine of the 15 SDL credits can be elective courses in either educational leadership or public administration in the categories of policy, research, and management. Several SDL courses are offered online to accommodate the work schedules of school administrators. Students who obtain the SDL receive the MSED-EL degree.
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Curriculum (3 credits each)
The Scaffold Apprenticeship Model (SAM Citywide) is offered by SPA and integrates leadership growth with initiatives to improve school performance. Under the direction of an expert lead facilitator, the curriculum entails an apprenticeship program where learning is rooted in the everyday problems that confront administrators. The participants’ schools are the subject of study, professional literature augments craft knowledge, and action research links 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 student performance. In a two-year cohort model, students complete PAF 9310, PAF 9314, PAF 9309, PAF 9319, PAF 9301, PAF 9312, PAF 9320, and PAF 9321. All classes are held on the Baruch College campus. Students are responsible for paying all tuition and fees. The program leads to eligibility for SBL certification.
The Aspiring Principals Program (APP) is implemented in partnership with the NYCDOE and the New York City Leadership Academy. It has 3 distinct phases completed over 14-months: 1) a 6-week summer session that engages participants in a problem-based, action-learning curriculum that simulates the challenges of a school administrator; 2) a 10-month, school-based residency under the mentorship of an experienced 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. Students receive 24 pass-fail credits for the completion of PAF 9301, PAF 9309, PAF 9310, PAF 9314, PAF 9312, PAF 9319, and PAF 9320. All classes are completed off-campus at the New York City Leadership Academy in Long Island City, Queens. Tuition and fees are paid by NYCDOE. The program leads to SBL certification.
The Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) is a collaboration of Baruch College, the NYCDOE, and the New York City Leadership Academy. The year-long 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. Participants receive pass-fail credit for PAF 9301, PAF 9309, PAF 9310, PAF 9314, PAF 9312, PAF 9319, and PAF 9320. All classes are completed off-campus at the New York City Leadership Academy in Long Island City, Queens. Tuition and fees are paid by NYCDOE. The program leads to eligibility for SBL certification.
The New Leaders’ Aspiring Principals Program (NL/APP) is offered through a partnership with New Leaders, 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 underperformingschools and the lives of the students who attend them. It involves an intensive summer session, followed by a full-time year-long school-based internship where the student engages in inventive projects and develops 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. The participants receive academic credit for PAF 9301, PAF 9309, PAF 9310, PAF 9314, PAF 9312, PAF 9319, and PAF 9320. Tuition and fees are paid by New Leaders. The program leads to eligibility for SBL certification.
The Leadership Advancement Program (LAP) is delivered in cooperation with NYCDOE. It is designed to develop the skills required for a two-person teacher team to assume leadership positions in public schools. The instructional material is job-embedded and participants learn by using real-world school problems as the focus of their study. The teams are mentored by experienced school administrators with knowledge of best practices. The program proceeds over a 14-month period with classes completed at the NYC Leadership Academy in Long Island City, Queens. The participants receive academic credit for PAF 9301, PAF 9309, PAF 9310, and PAF 9314. Tuition and fees are paid by NYCDOE. Completion of the program may lead to acceptance into the Leadership Academy's APP program and subsequently to SBL certification.