MA in Educational Leadership 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.

The FDU Educational Leadership Program is proud to offer a 33-credit MA program that develops leaders who guide their schools to pursue excellence and equity as twin goals. We know that excellent schools in which all students can achieve must break the link between achievement and race, gender, disability, and first language. FDU emphasizes rigor and access for leadership candidates. Within one year, candidates are eligible for their Supervisor Certificate. Within two years, they are eligible for their Principal Certificate. We also consider cost in terms of access. This is a reduced tuition program.

  • In one year, candidates earn the NJ Supervisor Certificate.
  • In two years, candidates earn the NJ Principal Certificate and an MA in Educational Leadership.

A faculty advisor will work closely with candidates to monitor their program and course selections

Admissions requirements

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

  • Submit a formal FDU application to graduate admissions
  • Submit a standard teaching certificate
  • Submit a 500 to 1000-word personal statement explaining why you are pursuing school leadership
  • Submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts from previous university coursework
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Arrange for an interview with an Educational Leadership advisor

Student Outcomes

The Educational Leadership Program produces leadership candidates who are:

  • Qualified to serve as educational leaders;
  • Competent in decision making;
  • Caring educational leaders;
  • Technologically proficient;
  • Culturally responsive to the diverse needs of the learning community in which they work;
  • Reflective of what they have learned and what they need to learn;
  • Prepared to become certified as administrators.

Degree Plan

Note: EDUC6702, EDUC6703, EDUC6757, EDUC6758 are required for Supervisor’s Certification.

Fall I

  • EDUC6702     Curriculum and Instruction: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC6703     Supervision of Instruction & Personal education
  • EDUC6761     Research Informed School Transformation for Leaders

Spring I

  • EDUC6757     Leading Inclusive Schools
  • EDUC6758     Data-Informed Leadership
  • EDUC6760     Leading for Equity and Excellence

Summer I

  • EDUC6759     Leading for Equity and Excellence
  • EDUC6716     School Finance/Facilities/Scheduling

Fall II

Spring II

  • EDUC5721 Field-Based Internship II
  • EDUC6721     Field-Based Internship Seminar II,

Our course schedule is meant to maximize access for busy educators who want to advance their careers.

  • Online = Asynchronous online plus 4 synchronous video conferences.
  • Summer Intensive 9 days of 4 hours per day. Two weeks following July 4th

Supervisor Certificate

The Educational Leadership Program offers the four required courses for students to obtain the State of NJ Supervisor’s Certificate. In order to be eligible for the certificate, the student must have a Master’s Degree (in any area), three years of teaching experience and complete the four required courses.

The four required courses are:

EDUC6702     Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC6703     Supervision of Instruction
EDUC6757     Leading Inclusive Schools
EDUC6758     Data-Informed Leadership.

Students who do not yet have an MA may take these courses in conjunction with various MA programs offered by the School of Education  These four courses are also offered in the Master of Arts for Certified Teacher Program.

School Administrator Certificate

The Education Leadership Program offers the two required courses for student to obtain the State of NJ School Administrator Certificate required for district-level leadership such as superintendent, assistant superintendent, or director. The student must have a Master’s Degree (in any area), 30 credits of graduate study in school leadership (as above), the Praxis II assessment, and five years successful experience as an educator. The two required courses are:

  • EDUC5728     School Administrator Field-Based Internship
  • EDUC6728     School Administrator Field-Based Internship Seminar


Demonstrating Leadership for Excellent and Equitable Schools

Equity Audit and Briefing

Candidates examine their schools or districts to determine the school demographics, the various ways that students are labeled via MTSS, disability categories, gifted and talented, English Language Learners, etc. They then describe their organization’s strengths, challenges, and identify best practices to respond to strengths and challenges, and areas for further inquiry. The final product for this is a briefing to be provided to school-based stakeholders.

Master Schedule Development

Constructing a master schedule for one school can be challenging. This assignment extends that challenge to the real-world necessity to coordinate other schools for shared services. FDU leadership candidates are required to consult with all principals in their district at a given level—elementary, middle, or high school

to develop a master schedule that will meet their school’s needs and also effectively and efficiently share services with sister schools.

Data Informed Problem of Practice Audit and Briefing

Similar to the Equity Audit and Briefing, candidates investigate their school or district’s data policies and practices. They identify strengths, challenges, fitting best practices appropriate to those strengths and challenges, and priorities for further inquiry. Again, they may present a mock briefing in class or receive extra credit for presenting in-district with FDU faculty present.

Research-Informed School Transformation

Through action research and improvement science, candidates learn best practices for continuous school improvement on vexing problems of practice.

Rigor in the  300 hour Internship

  • Develop strong relationships with mentors,
  • See medium- and long-term projects to completion, and
  • Experience a breadth of leadership opportunities in their schools and districts
Contact Information
Program Director
Dr. Joshua Bornstein, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
(201) 357-0381