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Advanced Certificates in School Building Leader and School District Leader

Program Coordinator
Prof. Benjamin Shuldiner
1129 West Building


This post-masters degree, advanced certificate program is designed to prepare NYS certified teachers for roles in administration and supervision in PreK-12 educational settings. Graduates of are eligible for NYS certification as both School Building Leader and School District Leader.

We have two courses of study for students interested in developing the skills and knowledge to be effective leaders.

The first is our long-standing, established program that successfully allows students to work with faculty on the specific approaches and challenges to various categories of school leadership.  Students in this program look at and address issues across the spectrum of school success - from budget and law to overseeing curriculum and teachers. Students in this program are taught by faculty members with decades of senior leadership experience. Faculty include former superintendents, principals and leading senior leadership administrators with a wealth of experience in both urban and suburban districts. This program is geared toward candidates working in all types of schools, public and private schools, pre-K through high school.

The second option is the Collaborative Leadership Advancing School Success (CLASS) program, offered in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools. CLASS is a unique school leadership certification program grounded in clinical experiences designed to illuminate the relationship between student learning and systems within a school. Graduates of this program are prepared to lead changes in their schools based on evidence of student learning. Members of CLASS study within a cohort learning together over the course of the two-year program and attending an integrated set of seminars rather than separate courses. It is geared for students who learn best by doing, enjoy learning with and from colleagues and desire an approach to school leadership that focuses on making a positive impact on students, administrators and systems. The CLASS program is built to support teachers who are currently working in middle schools and high schools within the New York City Department of Education or in charter schools. Elementary school teachers may be admitted in some circumstances.

Both programs have limited enrollment, and acceptances are based on the individual interest, background, and experience, as well as availability of slots in the program.

Click here for Admissions Requirements, Progress Standards, and Course of Study.

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