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Educational Leadership Internships

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MA in Educational Leadership: School Building Leader and School District Leader CAS

Students usually complete the required internship near the end of their programs of study. Full-time students have full-time internships of approximately 20 hours per week, usually during the final semester of their programs; part-time students have part-time internships for approximately 15 hour, usually during the final two semesters of their programs. Students are required to complete a total of 300 hours to sit for the SBL certification exams. Specific hours are arranged on site with the field supervisor, taking into account the student’s academic responsibilities.

Interns in the School Building Leader program are assigned to elementary, middle, or high schools in all five boroughs that match their experience and teacher preparation. The principals of New York City’s schools have been extraordinarily generous in working with our students. Participating schools are in all five boroughs as well in the NYC Department of Education Networks and Central Administration. Students who work full time in schools may complete the internship where they work.

MA in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy

Students in this program intern in one of 50 partner not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations that work with children/youth, their families, and the schools. Our partners include: United Way of New York City, Administration for Children’s Services, City Year New York City, Year Up, Inc., Education Trust, Advocates for Children, Hetrick Martin Institute, and Good Shepherd Services, and host of other policy, advocacy and youth serving organizations

On completing 12 credit hours in the program, fill in the ELPA Internship Placement Form.

Information for Host Organizations

The Educational Leadership Program offers two master’s degrees and one Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in addition to the EdD and the PhD.

  • The Educational Leadership: School Building Leader MA program is designed for educators who are interested in working as school leaders (e.g., assistant principals, principals, network leaders, coordinators). The state-approved program fulfills the academic requirements for the New York School Building Leader license.
  • The Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy MA program is designed for individuals who are interested in working with (1) communities and children/youth and their families, to support equity and access to educational opportunities and (2) schools to facilitate meaningful school-community relationships.
  • The CAS program is designed for educators who are interested in working in schools in district-level leadership positions (e.g., Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent) and fulfills the academic requirements for the New York School District Leader license.