Graduate Application Guide

Educational Leadership: School Building Leader (ELSB-MA)

This master of arts program prepares certified and independent schoolteachers to work in school leadership positions such as teacher leaders and principals. You’ll build on your educational practice and gain the skills you need to enhance excellence in elementary, middle, and high schools.

Graduates are eligible for New York State certification as a school building leader. To fulfill the total requirements for certification, you must also successfully complete an assessment administered by the New York State Education Department.

Academic Plan Code: ELSB

Degree: MA

Credits: 36

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1 
Fall: February 1 

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements 

Strong candidates for this program must have a certificate in classroom teaching or pupil personnel service or the potential for instructional leadership based on prior school-based experiences.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

Résumé/CV

You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.

Transcripts

Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.

GRE or MAT

New York State now requires that candidates for teacher education and educational leadership programs leading to certification submit standardized test scores as part of the application process.

If you are applying for Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 admission and have already taken either the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT), please submit your official scores with your application. As with all materials you submit, your GRE or MAT test scores will be viewed in a holistic light, and will not outweigh other indicators of your academic and personal qualifications to be a teacher or school leader. If you are admitted and choose to enroll at NYU Steinhardt in summer or Fall 2016 and have not yet taken one of these exams, we will ask you to submit your official GRE or MAT test scores no later than October 15, 2016. See how to submit scores for the GRE and the MAT

Applicants for Spring 2017 and thereafter must submit official scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) by the application deadline. (Updated 01/26/16)

Proficiency in English

 

2. Apply

Application

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After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items 

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.

 

3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.