M.A. in Educational Leadership


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Leadership requires a total of 36 credits. Students in the program will engage in a multi-year sequence of courses and field experiences.

The program’s design and curriculum are based on the demands facing today’s schools with a focus on developing a vision of a school as a community of learners. Graduates of the program develop competencies in the administrative strategies and skills that engage all stakeholders in the decision making process and promote the true sense of a community of learners. To accomplish these goals student learning will rely heavily on small group interaction, simulation and problem-based learning activities.

Special Tution Reduction for Teachers

Required Courses

EDUC6701     Leadership in Learning Community & School
EDUC6702*    Curriculum and Instruction: Theory and Practice
EDUC6703*    Supervision of Instruction & Personal education
EDUC6704*    Curriculum Development and Program Improvement
EDUC6706     Advanced Leadership Seminar
EDUC6716     School Finance/Facilities/Scheduling
EDUC6717     School Law
EDUC6718*    Curriculum- Program Evaluation & Student Assessment
EDUC6720     Field-Based Internship I, 
EDUC6721     Field-Based Internship II, 
EDUC6722     Field-Based Internship III
EDUC6723     Final Project/School Based Research

*required for Supervisor’s Certification

Admissions Process

All candidates who want to be considered for admission must meet the following criteria:

  1. Submit a formal FDU application to graduate admissions
  2.  Submit a standard teaching certificate
  3. Submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts from previous university coursework.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation
  5. Arrange for an interview with an Educational Leadership advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am interested in taking only those courses needed to obtain a supervisor's certificate?

A candidate may choose to take only the 12 credit sequence required for the Supervisor's Certificate. In order to obtain the certificate, candidates must have a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience and a master's degree. If you are enrolled in a School of Education master's program, you can apply for the certificate upon completion of coursework and degree.

Where will courses be offered?

Based on enrollments, courses may be offered at the Metro Campus in Teaneck, the Florham Campus in Madsion, convenient regional locations in local school districts, or community college campuses.

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 School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), students will be eligible for provisional New Jersey certification as a principal. Permanent certification will be issued based upon a successful year of employment in a school leadership role under the mentoring of a school administrator.In order to obtain the certificates, candidates must have a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience for the Supervisor Certificate and five years of successful teaching experience for the Principal's Certificate.

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

Since this program is highly structured, it is highly unlikely that outside coursework will be credited to the M.A. in Educational Leadership. However, up to six credits may be transferred, provided they meet the course requirements of the program and it is approved by both the student’s advisor and the program director.