Core Courses and Electives
This degree combines content courses with fieldwork and electives. In your core seminars, you'll study educational leadership, organization and leadership theory, educational change, politics of multicultural school communities, and data-driven decision making and leadership. You can pursue additional study relevant to school improvement, teaching and learning, and community engagement and collaboration.
Each course examines multiple theoretical perspectives, themes of equity and social justice, a focus on the needs and experiences of low-income urban children and youth, and implications for leadership within and outside of educational settings.
Fieldwork and Internships
Our students complete a required internship, usually near the end of their programs of study. Participating schools include Facing History School, New Design High School, the School for Legal Studies, M.S. 131 Dr. Sun Yat Sen School, and P.S. 6 Lillie D. Blake Elementary School, as well in the NYC Department of Education Networks and Central Administration. If you work full time in a school while studying with us, you may complete the internship where you work. Learn more about internships.
You'll create a leadership portfolio that provides evidence of the competencies you've developed, reflections on your field experiences, and your plans for continuous learning, preparing for a career of working toward equitable and high-quality schools.
We offer a flexible curriculum that you and your advisor can tailor to fit your professional goals and interests. Full-time students can complete the degree in three semesters.