Administration and Supervision (M.S.E.) for Catholic/Faith-Based Educational Leadership

30 credits

Non-certification track: NYSED 29020/29019 (M.S.Ed. in Administration & Supervision)
SBL Certification track: NYSED 14864/77597 (M.S.Ed. in School Building Leader)

The master’s degree is crafted specifically through the lens of Catholic identity, mission, and culture and has both New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification and non-certification tracks. The program is designed for current and aspiring administrators and supervisors in nonpublic schools and school districts.

School Building Leader Certification

The master’s program is approved and recognized by the New York State Education Department as an approved School Building Leader preparation program. Graduates will be prepared to take the examination for New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification. This certification is appropriate for such positions as principal, supervisor, department chairperson, assistant principal, coordinator, and unit head and required for school-building-level leadership positions in all New York state public schools and, increasingly, in faith-based and nonpublic schools. Candidates within and outside New York are responsible for meeting state certification requirements as well as understanding reciprocity policies. 

Applicants must meet the general requirements for Graduate School of Education as well as the following requirements for the master's in Administration and Supervision: 

  • possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field;
  • have a minimum grade point average of approximately 3.0 (B or better);
  • have at least three years of teaching experience;
  • provide two references;
  • submit a statement of purpose;
  • have a satisfactory command of oral and written English;
  • submit test scores from the Miller Analogy Test, or the Graduate Record Exam; and
  • provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, meningitis, and rubella.

Matriculation Requirements

Students may take up to 12 credit hours as a non matriculated student. After completion of 12 credit hours of course-work, students desiring to complete the degree must apply for full admission.

Program of Study

The course information below represents the coursework that must be completed for the non-certification track. 

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
Select 10 of the following:30
Fundamentals of Educational Administration and Management
Fundamentals of Educational Supervision
Instructional Leadership
Leading in a Diverse Society
School Finance
School Law
Professional Development
Ethics of School Administration
Strategic Planning/Change
Critical Issues in Educational Leadership
Internship I (optional)
Internship II (optional)
Clinic for School Administrators
Perspectives on Leadership
Program Evaluation and Research in Administration and Supervision I
Seminar in the Spirituality of Leadership
Comprehensive Assessment Exam
Master's Comprehensive Exam/Assessment
Total Credits30

Completion Requirements

In addition to the general degree requirements of the Graduate School of Education, candidates must meet the requirements:

  • complete the prescribed program of study
  • maintain a minimum overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 (B or better)
  • pass a master’s comprehensive examination which is generally taken during the last semester of coursework

SBL certification track requirements appear below: 

  • if seeking the SBL certification, complete a year-long, six-credit internship, which is generally done in the candidate’s own school